Power BI, Microsoft’s business analytics and data reporting suite, now integrates with the Python programming language by way of a feature preview in the August 2018 release of Power BI.

As described in a blog post summarizing the release, Python scripts may be run directly inside the Power BI Desktop application, and can be leveraged for “data cleansing, analysis, and visualization.”

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By selecting “Python” in the “Get Data” dialog, the user can paste a Python script into a supplied window and use a script’s dataframe output as a source. Python scripting can also be used to create visuals in a report. The visuals update automatically whenever data changes, although “the visual itself is not interactive.”

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