Tableau just had their “Dev’s on Stage” keynote, which is a detailed description of all the new features they are releasing. We thought you would want to hear about this as well, so hear is the list!




  1. New Nested Sorting – You don’t have to build custom calculations anymore. Automatically calculates based upon global dimensions, which means nested sorting is easier than ever now.
  2. Viz in Tooltip – You can have sheets within a tooltip now! Straight crazy.
  3. Gridlines within Dashboard – You can see a grid view (like Photoshop) in order to make sure your dashboard is nice and clean.
  4. Keyboard Nudging – Move objects based upon pixels to better align objects in a dashboard.\




  1. Spatial Data Update – Tableau can now read special data direct from a database. Used for mapping advanced regions like small cities and regions.
  2. Spatial Join – Join data based upon spatial field. Allows you to perform calculations on dimensions within spatial (geographic) dimensions.
  3. Heatmap – you can change your marktype to density, which displays a heatmap. I’ve been waiting for this one 🙂




  1. Export As – you can export your workbook as previous versions (starting on 10.5).
  2. Publish As – You can publish a workbook to a previous version of Tableau Server. If you have 10.5, and your server is 10.2, you can still publish. (Can’t publish to versions previous than 10.2).
  3. Tableau Server on Linux – You can now run Tableau on Linux.
  4. Tableau Services Manager – new and improved admin manager.
  5. Hot Topology Changes – Ability to modify admin changes much more easily, many of which are now available from the web.
  6. Tableau Services Manager Scripting – automate the process of giving user rights and admin changes.




  1. Data Source Certification – you can certify a data source and also add additional meta data about the data source. 10.4 or higher.
  2. Data Source Page – see all data sources in a dashboard, as well as details, such as SQL used.
  3. Smart RecommendationsTable Recommendations – Recommends tables in a particular schema that you should use.
    • Join Recommendations – Recommends how tables are joined, including join type and column.
    • Data Source Recommendations – Recommends sources on Tableau Server that are similar to the ones you are using.




  1. Nested Projects (10.5) – You can put projects within projects on Tableau Server.
  2. Web Authoring
    • Create and Edit Groups (10.4) – Create and edit groups in the browser, not just desktop.
    • Create and Edit Hierarchies (10.5) – Create and edit hierarchies on the web.
    • Edit Axis (10.4) – Edit axis on web.
    • Create and Edit Text (10.) – Create and edit text on the web.
  3. Annotate and Shore on Mobile (10.5) – Make comments and annotate on a dashboard on mobile or tablet.
  4. Pre-Built Content (Beta)– You now have templates for dashboards which automatically fit to your data.

Hope you’re excited for some of these features like we are!

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Jon Boone

Jon Boone
Jon is a digital analyst with an exuberant amount of passion for the digital analytics industry. He works with our analytics team to move clients out of reporting and into actionable insights. He believes in the power of measuring results and hopes to one day integrate data-driven philosophies with the potential of social entrepreneurship.

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