What’s New in Tableau Online
This topic contains an overview of some of the key new features added in Tableau Online, starting with the most recent release.
September 2017 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.4.
When data reaches important thresholds for your business, data-driven alerts automatically send email notifications to key people users specify. For information on how to create and manage these alerts, see Send Data-Driven Alerts in Tableau User Help.
Data source certification
Certification offers a way to promote data sources through curation. Site administrators and project leaders can certify data sources that meet your organization’s security and compliance standards, or any other standards you define. For more information, see Use Certification to Help Users Find Trusted Data.
Tableau Bridge support for live connections
Live query functionality in Tableau Bridge can now be enabled by site administrators without requesting access from Tableau. Use Tableau Bridge to maintain live connections to on-premises relational data, and to perform scheduled extract refreshes. For more information, see Use Tableau Bridge to Expand Data Freshness Options.
Enhanced commenting on views
Commenting has been completely redesigned to inspire conversations about data discoveries. The new Comments pane appears to the right of views, rather than at the bottom, so you can see the discussion and the data at the same time. Profile images automatically appear too, helping you quickly identify other users. To share filtered views with them, add interactive snapshots along with your comments to highlight the data you're describing.
Any comments you add in a desktop browser also appear in Tableau Mobile, and vice versa, so you can easily communicate with colleagues on the go. Comments remain with a view even if you revise the containing workbook (as long as the view name remains the same). For more information, see Comment on Views.
Learn who has seen a view
If you own a view, you can quickly find out who at your organization has seen it. At the top of a main site page, click Views. Then hover over the specific view you're interested in, and select Who Has Seen This View? from the menu at upper-right.
WCAG-conformant drop-down filters in embedded views
Single Value (drop-down) and Multiple Values (drop-down) filters are now WCAG-conformant when accessed in embedded views. For more information, see Build Data Views for Accessibility and Author Views for Accessibility.
New to web authoring
Precise dashboard spacing, with border and background color controls
If you previously used blank objects to refine dashboard layouts, you'll really appreciate the new spacing controls. Padding lets you precisely position items on dashboard, while borders and background colors let you visually highlight them. For more details, see Add padding, borders, and background colors around items.
Turn on the View toolbar on the web
In prior releases, when authoring on the web, you could only see and use the View toolbar when working with map views. Now you can turn on the View toolbar for any view or dashboard in your workbook in web authoring. From the top menu, select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar and select an option.
Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can edit groups. To edit a group, in the Data pane, right-click a group field and select Edit Group. In the Edit Group dialog box that opens, you can add or remove members from an existing group, as well as create new groups in the group field. You can also choose to Include an Other group. For more information, see Group Your Data.
Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can create aliases for members in a dimension so that their labels appear differently in the view. To create aliases for a field, in the Data pane, right-click a dimension and select Aliases. In the Edit Aliases dialog box, under Value (Alias), select a member and enter a new name. For more information, see Create Aliases to Rename Members in the View.
When you are authoring on the web, you can quickly change all the lines in your workbook. Select Format > Workbook, then expand the Lines section on the Format Workbook and make your selections. For more information, see Format at the Workbook Level.
July 2017 updates
User-specific time zones for subscription schedules
Subscription schedules were previously limited to one time zone, but now users can choose any time zone. At the top of the browser window, click your name, and select My Account Settings. Then, under Subscription time zone, select the time zone for schedules you create.
June 2017 updates
Default task priority for all extract refreshes
To ensure fair distribution of processing for all Tableau Online customers, we're removing the ability for site administrators to set task priority for scheduled extract refreshes. All previously set priorities will return to the default value.
May 2017 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.3.
Tableau Online sync client evolves into Tableau Bridge
Limited release, by request. The Tableau Online sync client has gained some new functionality and a new name to go with it. Use Tableau Bridge to maintain live connections to on-premises relational data. Bridge also takes on all of the functionality that was provided in the sync client for scheduling extract refreshes. Your existing schedules will continue to run as previously defined in the sync client.
Live query functionality is currently available to site administrators by request only. For more information, see Use Tableau Bridge to Expand Data Freshness Options.
Encrypted SAML assertions from Identity Providers
Tableau Online now supports encrypted SAML assertions from Identity Providers. To learn more about configuring SAML single-sign-on, see Enable SAML Authentication on a Site.
Site access for support users
Tableau Online administrators can allow approved Tableau support technicians to access their Tableau Online site to help troubleshoot a customer support case. To learn more, see Enable Support Access.
March 2017 updates
Google authentication gives you the convenience of using your Google ID and password with Tableau Online, thus reducing the number of sign-in prompts when accessing Tableau Online. Your site administrator can manage these credentials in a central location so that you no longer need to reset multiple passwords. For more information about Google authentication, see Authentication.
Custom schedules for subscriptions
Subscription schedules used to be limited to a set of standard options, but now you can receive emails on whatever schedule works best for you. To learn more, see Subscribe to Views.
February 2017 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.2.
The following items in What’s New in Tableau Server also apply to Tableau Online.
The functionality referred to in this item is for Tableau Desktop authors who want to create accessible views that they publish to Tableau Online or Tableau Server.
November 2016 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.1.
Show or hide headers in a view.
View read-only device layouts for dashboards.
To expand a view, click Full Screen at the far right of the toolbar. To return to the view to its previous size, press Esc.
If you’ve configured a view to contain data only when high-priority information exists, select the new subscription option, Don’t send if view is empty. For more information, see Subscribe to Views and Manage Your Subscription Settings.
New location for downloading tabcmd
The tabcmd installer is now available from the Tableau Server Releases page on the Tableau website. In this location, you can always find the latest version of tabcmd.
The tabcmd download is on the release notes, under the version number.
The link from the Tableau Online Help has changed, too. If you bookmark this link, you can update it at Install tabcmd.
August 2016 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.0.
Continued improvements to the publishing process
Where version 9.3 brought improvements to publishing data sources, 10.0 extends the improvements to publishing workbooks.
If your workbook contains a connection to an extract, you are guided through the steps to schedule automatic refreshes. For connections to on-premises data, the publishing process starts the Tableau Online sync client to complete setting up the refresh schedule.
To learn more, see Publish a Workbook in the Tableau Desktop Help.
Email notification for extract refresh failures
A new site setting enables extract refresh failure notification emails. These emails are sent to the owner of a data source when a scheduled extract refresh for that data source does not complete successfully.
Site administrators can change the site configuration to opt out of the emails. Data source owners individually can update their account settings to opt in to or out of the emails.
Create, publish, and refresh multi-connection data sources
Starting with Tableau Desktop 10.0, you can join tables from different databases and publish data sources with multiple connections. During the publishing process, Tableau lets you embed credentials or set a refresh schedule for each applicable connection in the data source.
To learn more, see Combine tables from different data sources in the Tableau Desktop Help.
Web authoring and other browser environment improvements
Web authoring now includes more tools to help you edit and build analytics. Create new dashboards and edit existing ones; add published data sources to workbooks and blend them with existing data in your views.
To learn more, see What’s New in Tableau Server. Expand the 10.0 list and see the links under User.
March 2016 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 9.3.
Schedule refresh tasks during publishing
When you publish a data source from Tableau Desktop, you are prompted to schedule refreshes as well. If the extract you publish is for data that Tableau Online cannot reach directly, such as a SQL Server database you maintain locally, you are prompted to start the sync client to schedule refreshes.
Run the sync client while you’re logged out of Windows
The sync client can now run as a Windows service, so you don’t need to remain logged in to your computer to run scheduled refreshes of your local extracts.
Content metrics and relevance
Find the right content quickly through metrics-based search results and sort options. List view and thumbnail view display metrics as well.
Zooming improvements for maps
Zooming in map views just got easier. You can now scroll or pinch and stretch to zoom in and out of a point on a map.
When you load a workbook published to Tableau Online, Tableau connects only to the data sources that are required to display your data. If the workbook has multiple sheets, Tableau connects only to the data sources for the current sheet, so that you can view your data as soon as possible.
For data sources that require authentication, you can enter your credentials only for the current sheet. Previously, you needed to have credentials to all the data sources in the workbook before you could view any of the sheets.
Progressive loading of dashboards
Dashboards load progressively, so rather than wait for the entire dashboard to load, you can start analyzing your data as soon as the first section has finished loading.
January 2016 updates
Tableau Online added its first European server location. When you start a trial, you can select the location at which to host your site. The URL indicates the site location.
For information about using connections to cloud data on a European site, see Keep Data Fresh.
December 2015 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 9.2.
If you use tabcmd to run site management tasks from the command line, the server upgrade requires you to update tabcmd as well. You can download the current version from Install tabcmd.
Sync client support for single sign-on
If SAML authentication is enabled on a site, users can sign in from the sync client using their single sign-on credentials. This feature applies to the sync client that comes with Tableau Desktop 9.2 and later versions.
For information, see Sign In to Tableau Online.
Access sites from connected clients
A new default setting allows users to access their sites directly from Tableau connected clients. A client in this case is a Tableau application or service that can exchange information with Tableau Online. Examples of Tableau clients include the Tableau Online sync client, Tableau Mobile 9.2 and later, and Tableau Desktop 9.2 and later.
Users provide credentials the first time they sign in from a client. At that point, Tableau creates a secure access token that uniquely identifies the user when the user signs in from the client. This effectively creates the connected client.
For information, see Access Sites from Connected Clients.
New permissions features
Site administrators and project leaders can now do the following:
Set the permissions for a project, and set the default permissions for the workbooks and data sources in the project.
Lock content permissions in a project, and prevent users from changing the permissions of any content in the project.
Web editing enhancements
Find your current location in a map view
You can now quickly zoom to your current location in a map view.
September 2015 updates
Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 9.1.
August 2015 updates
Connect live to more data sources
We added live-connection support for several new SQL-based data sources hosted on cloud platforms. See Allow Direct Connections to Data Hosted on a Cloud Platform.
June 2015 updates
Change the site logo
You can add branding to your site by using your own logo. See Upload a Custom Logo for your Site.
May 2015 updates
Single sign-on using SAML authentication
You can configure a site to authenticate users through a third-party identity provider, using the SAML open standard for authentication. See Authentication.
Contact your Tableau representative to get access to this feature.
March 2015 updates
In March 2015, Tableau Online was updated to run on version 9.0 of Tableau Server.
General improvements in the user interface
The 9.0 update includes a redesigned browser experience that improves workflow, provides faster access to information, and makes it easier to find and manage content.
For the most significant updates, see the following sections:
You can also find more information in What’s new in Tableau Server. Features for managing users and content are available to Tableau Online users or site administrators.
Support for scheduled refreshes of on-premises data
The Tableau Online sync client is a new utility that comes with Tableau Desktop, to enable you to create schedules to refresh extracts of data you maintain inside your organization’s firewall.
January 2015 updates
Create live connections to data hosted online
If you use a web-hosted service to maintain MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Microsoft SQL Server data, you can maintain direct (live) connections to that data when you publish workbooks and data sources to Tableau Online. See Allow Direct Connections to Data Hosted on a Cloud Platform.