Upgrade to Tableau Desktop 2021.1

Planning an upgrade to Tableau Desktop 2021.1? Start here!

New and improved data connectors

Tableau 2021.1 makes it even easier to connect to the data you care about. We've improved Azure connectivity, with connectors to Azure SQL Database and Azure Data Lake Gen 2. We now also support Azure Active Directory with Azure Synapse and Azure Databricks. Additionally, our Snowflake connector now supports virtual data warehouses, and will automatically use your default Snowflake virtual warehouse if none is selected. We've also added a new JDBC driver for SAP HANA on Windows.

Analytics improvements

Tableau Desktop 2021.1 brings some exciting improvements to make analysing your data even easier. Einstein Discovery, new to 2021.1, brings trusted, real-time predictions and recommendations with no code required. We've also added Quick LOD (level-of-detail) calculations, so you can now use context menus or drag and drop to automatically create a level-of-detail expression.

Mapping improvements

In Tableau 2021.1, we've added support for KMZ spatial files and Snowflake spatial data. 

Other resources

 
Sharing your workbook with others?
If you know what versions other viewers will use to open your workbook, you can use the Export as version… option. This will let other users in your organisation open and edit a workbook even when they aren't using the latest version of Tableau Desktop (down to Tableau 10.2).

You might see an error when publishing your workbook. See this Knowledge Base article for more information.

 
Test it out first!
Take a look at the known issues and install the most recent version of Tableau Desktop to make sure everything works as expected.
  • You can install multiple versions of Tableau Desktop on the same computer. For example, if 2020.1 is the most recent version installed, it will become the default.
  • Change your default back by following the instructions here: Upgrading Tableau Desktop.
 
Installing on a new computer?
You'll have to transfer your licence from one computer to the other. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Desktop and Move or deactivate Tableau Desktop in Tableau Help.
 
See what we fixed
See the release notes to view what was fixed in this new release.

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