Microsoft today announced the public preview of integration between Cortana and Power BI. By integrating with Power BI, with Cortana now, it now allows anyone to get answers directly from their key business data.
One of the key ways Power BI enables more people to connect with and gain insight from their data is our natural language data search feature, Q&A. Now these Q&A capabilities are helping Cortana to intelligently reason over the data you have access to in Power BI and provide rich data-driven answers to your questions. Combined with the Cortana Analytics Suite, this opens up amazing new opportunities to use Cortana to enable your business, and your customers’ businesses, to get things done in more helpful, proactive, and natural ways.
By utilizing Power BI’s data visualization capabilities, answers can range from simple numerical values (“revenue for the last quarter”), charts (“number of opportunities by team”), maps (“average customer spending in California by city”), or even complete reports from Power BI all provided directly from Cortana. Potential answers are either determined by Cortana on the fly directly from the data, or by using reports already created in Power BI that help answer a question. To further explore an answer, users can simply open a result in Power BI.
Learn more about Cortana’s integration with Power BI here