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This lesson explores the main components of Power BI, including Power BI Desktop, Power BI Free, Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium, and discusses how to get access to each component.
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Overview of Power BI Components
An overview of the components that make up Power BI, and their costs.
When to use
Power BI has two main components: downloadable software and web services. Ironically, the software costs nothing, but the web service is where your costs can mount up.
- Go to PowerBI.com and click “Start Free”
- Download Power BI Desktop
- Sign up for a free account using your “work” email address
How it works
- Design your reports in Power BI Desktop
- Collect your data from “on-prem” or cloud based services
- Publish your data to the Power BI service
- Consume your reports on any device
Where the costs come in…
- Virtually everything can be done on a free pricing tier except sharing
- Sharing dashboards with other users requires a “pro” license for both author and consumer
- Large organizations can provision Power BI premium to get read-only licenses for their users (authors still need pro subscriptions)
Hints & tips
- Power BI desktop is updated with new features every month
- If your IT department is resistant to new updates, try to only harass them every few months (unless you see a critical new feature you need)
- The first person to create a PowerBI.com account for your domain sets the region your data is stored in
- New accounts will be automatically associated if the domain exists
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