Power BI Desktop Installer Changes & WebView2

As mentioned in the June and July feature summaries, we are switching a vital component of Power BI from CefSharp to WebView2. We’re making this switch to better optimize our development and release process (which means we’ll be able to spend more time developing new features!). It also means that you’ll automatically get the latest security patches as the WebView2 team ships them instead of waiting for us to update Power BI Desktop.

We will start requiring WebView2 in the January release of Power BI Desktop for Power BI Report Server and in the February release of Power BI Desktop. To avoid interruptions, we recommend installing WebView2 now and turning on the preview feature as discussed in the July feature summary in Power BI Desktop. Starting with the next release of Power BI Desktop you will also see a prompt inside the application to remind you about this.

If you cannot install WebView2 or if the Power BI Desktop installation is managed by your administrator, please notify them of this upcoming requirement so they can make the necessary preparations. If you are an administrator, please read more about deploying the WebView2 runtime in your organization.

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