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Microsoft Power BI

BI visualization and reporting for desktop, web or mobile

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Microsoft Power BI Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Microsoft Power BI product overview

Price starts from

9.99

/user

Per month

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of analytics tools for analyzing business data and sharing insights via rich visualizations. Customizable and pre-built dashboards unify important metrics into single views, showing real time updates to every device. The centralized, web-based Power BI service interfaces Power BI gateways to connect to and unify organizational data while Power BI Desktop for Windows provides local data mashup and report authoring features. Live dashboards offer an instant 360-view on business health, leveraging 59 out-of-the-box connections for apps or services such as Salesforce, Google Analytics, Azure, Facebook, Github, QuickBooks Online, Twilio and Zendesk. Power BI brings all that data, wherever it resides, together to form a complete picture of key metrics that can then be queried using natural language.

Key benefits of using Microsoft Power BI

  • Microsoft Power BI spans a suite of Business Intelligence tools for creating rich visualizations and sharable reports.

  • Web-based Power BI Service provides a centralized hub for defining live personalized dashboards, harnessing on-premises data via Power BI gateways.

  • Out-of-the-box connections and pre-built dashboards for 59 popular apps and services makes unifying data quick and simple, wherever it resides.

  • Power BI Desktop for Windows provides deeper visual data exploration within a free-form drag-and-drop canvas and a library of powerful visualizations.

  • Author rich reports that can be exported to Power BI’s .pbix format or shared more engagingly among user groups by uploading to the Power BI service.

  • View personalized dashboards and reports from anywhere with Power BI Mobile, offering optimized apps for Windows Mobile, iOS and Google Play.

  • Stay informed of the very latest real-time update with data-driven alerting and full report sharing options while on the move.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Knowledge Base
    FAQs/Forum
    Phone Support
    24/7 (Live rep)

    Training options

    Videos
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person

    Microsoft Power BI pricing information

    Value for money

    4.5

    /5

    1K

    Starting from

    9.99

    /user

    Per month

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Value for money contenders

    Microsoft Power BI features

    Functionality

    4.4

    /5

    1K

    Total features

    34

    5 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Data Visualization
    Reporting/Analytics
    Data Import/Export
    Visual Analytics
    Reporting & Statistics
    API
    Dashboard
    Activity Dashboard

    Functionality contenders

    Microsoft Power BI users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.5

    /5

    1K

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.49/10
    Rating distribution

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    589

    355

    47

    7

    2

    Pros
    It's an incredible programming for examination. I love the perception highlights since it transform drilling information into fun outlines or diagrams.
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    Milind D.

    The ability to filter to the specific metric we are interested in is an amazing feature.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    Cons
    Could be frustrating to use when first starting as it would give you an error message but provide no specifics on what is wrong or directions to fix it.

    YZ

    Yang Z.

    I find it a bit frustrating when presented with a visualisation that doesn't represent the particular angle on the data I am looking for.

    DS

    Daniel S.

    Had to take some training courses and even at that it was still confusing.

    KJ

    Kyle J.

    Overall rating contenders

    Overall Rating

    Has helped bring the organization to another level

    Reviewed 2 years ago

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    Andrew B.

    SEO Manager

    Chemicals, 10,001+ employees

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    Overall Rating

    There are plenty of competitors, but Power BI is tops

    Reviewed a year ago

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    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    A comprehensive data visualization platform

    Reviewed 20 days ago

    With Microsoft Power BI we can create more profound and useful insights, enhance the publishing efficacy and precision of BI content, and it has a powerful in-stream real-time analytics

    Pros

    Microsoft Power BI is one of the most comprehensive data visualization platforms you've ever used. Power BI allows me to collect data from various sources, such as azure and SharePoint databases, it is a platform with enormous potential since it can transform data and give a better perspective, what I like about Power Bi is that it has an easy-to-use user interface without long learning curves, which makes it easy to use for new users, you can see the tables in an orderly way this facilitates data analysis, in Power BI it is safe to use, since it allows only authorized users can access, this is vital since the information that is stored is very sensitive.

    Cons

    What I don't like is that the desktop version consumes a lot of RAM and is sometimes slow, a computer with good specifications is required for it to run smoothly.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Powerful BI tool

    Reviewed a month ago
    Pros

    If you have worked with Office tools, you would grasp the basic functionality very quickly. It's very user-friendly. The power comes from a plethora of data source connectors that it provides out of the box. I am also impressed by its data visualization capabilities. It also integrates well with other Microsoft products. Best of all - it's free for most use cases. The cloud version offers a lot more options for storage and collaboration at a modest price. It's also easy to switch between the desktop and cloud versions.

    Cons

    The desktop app can be sluggish at times, especially if you are dealing with large and varied data sets. Also, to utilize its more powerful features, you need to have a greater learning curve than competing products. Cloud integrations are also not very easy to configure and connections to on-prem and SaaS data sources can be challenging.

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    • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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    A pretty reporting tool for some (!) Microsoft Products, but pretty much useless outside of the Microsoft Landscape

    Reviewed 5 years ago

    In light of the hype around this "Tableau destroyer" in recent months, I want to highlight some fundamental flaws in data connectivity and reports maintenance of Power BI, which the Product Team so far has turned down as "not in scope". In practice, though, this renders Power BI pretty useless for getting dara from any 3rd party products, in the cloud in particular. This review reflects Power BI...

    Pros

    pretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support

    Cons

    lack of data sources pretty useless for 3rd Party Web Sources

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Reporting with Power BI

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    I have been working with this tool for a couple of years now, daily. It is great for the reporting, and we have created amazing reports for Management and the team in general. Very easy to explain metrics, with the reports created.

    Pros

    It's free version is very powerful. We can create any report we need, has a lot of data sources and even can create subscription for sending the reports automatically.

    Cons

    So far, the only issue I have found is when there are relation on different conditons for the same visual. It can separate and is hard to achive the result.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    PowerBI review for creating Dashboard

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    It provides a good option to create a dashboard and streamline data

    Pros

    The ease of managing data flows and creating a dashboard is the top feature.

    Cons

    Less availability of demos for new features.

    Microsoft Power BI FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Power BI offer?

    Microsoft Power BI has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $9.99/month
    Pricing model: Subscription
    Free Trial: Available


    Q. Who are the typical users of Microsoft Power BI?

    Microsoft Power BI has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Q. What languages does Microsoft Power BI support?

    Microsoft Power BI supports the following languages:
    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian


    Q. Does Microsoft Power BI support mobile devices?

    Microsoft Power BI supports the following devices:
    Android


    Q. Does Microsoft Power BI offer an API?

    Yes, Microsoft Power BI has an API available for use.


    Q. What other apps does Microsoft Power BI integrate with?

    Microsoft Power BI integrates with the following applications:
    Salesforce Sales Cloud, Microsoft 365, Quickbooks Online, Twilio, Microsoft Excel


    Q. What level of support does Microsoft Power BI offer?

    Microsoft Power BI offers the following support options:
    Email/Help Desk, Chat, Knowledge Base, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep)

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