What Power BI gives you for free, and when and how to pay for extra services
Part one of a three-part series of blogs

You can create and publish reports using Power BI Desktop and Power BI Service, both of which are free, but to share them you'll need to pay either for Power BI Pro or Power BI Premium. This blog explains when you'll need to start spending money, and what your options are.

  1. Power BI paid services (Pro and Premium) (this blog)
  2. Power BI Pro: when you need it, and how to get it
  3. Power BI Premium

This blog is part of a much longer series, which together comprise a full online training course in Power BI Service.  You can see get details of our classsrom Power BI training courses here.

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2017

You need a minimum screen resolution of about 700 pixels width to see our blogs. This is because they contain diagrams and tables which would not be viewable easily on a mobile phone or small laptop. Please use a larger tablet, notebook or desktop computer, or change your screen resolution settings.

Power BI paid services (Pro and Premium)

You can create and publish beautiful reports in Power BI Desktop, but you won't be able to share them with the world.  This blog shows when and how you might use the two paid services for Power BI:

Service Notes
Power BI Pro This gives individual users the right to share reports, and to view reports that others have shared.
Power BI Preimum This provides a blanket licence for your organisation, so that you don't have to take out individual Power BI Pro subscriptions.

Let's start with the simpler one: Power BI Pro.

Be aware that Microsoft changed the rules in May 2017, introducing Power BI Premium and adding extra features to the free version of Power BI Desktop. 

  1. Power BI paid services (Pro and Premium) (this blog)
  2. Power BI Pro: when you need it, and how to get it
  3. Power BI Premium
This blog has 0 threads Add post