Downgrade and publish allows users connected to an older version of Tableau Server to successfully publish vizzes created in a newer version of Tableau Desktop. Previously, users could connect to Tableau Server to interact with workbooks, but couldn’t publish from more recent versions of Tableau Desktop due to the version mismatch.
Now, the publishing workflow is new and improved: When a user attempts to publish to an older Tableau Server, the publish dialog displays a message that indicates the workbook will be downgraded to match Tableau Server’s version.
Once that Publish button is clicked, Tableau downgrades all content in the newer workbook to match the version that Tableau Server expects. In some cases, newer features may be removed by the downgrade process, so be sure to check your published viz to ensure that it looks perfect (and to make necessary changes if it doesn’t).
That’s it! No more manual version comparisons and selections. And of course, if you’re connected to matching versions of Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop, there are no changes to your publish workflow. You only need to downgrade and publish when you are connected to an older version of Tableau Server.