Microsoft Announces Redesigned Power BI Experience, Available For Free In The US

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Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. Using a Power BI mobile app or browser, anyone can keep a pulse on their business via live operational dashboards. Today, Microsoft is announcing a preview version of Power BI with new business analytics experience.

It offers the following,

  • Sign up – All you need is a business email address and you’re in.
  • Connect – Connect to your data in minutes, with built-in connectors and pre-built dashboards and reports from a wide variety of sources including GitHub, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, SendGrid and Zendesk. More are coming in the next few months including Inkling Markets, Intuit, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Sage, Sumo Logic, Visual Studio Application Insights, Visual Studio Online, and many more. And Power BI is “hybrid” by design, so customers can leverage their on premise data investments while getting all the benefits of our cloud-based analytics service.
  • Use With a new tool – Power BI Designer – that allows business analysts to connect to, model and visually analyze their data. They can then effortlessly publish the results to any Power BI customer. We also released a preview of Power BI for iPad – now available for download from the Apple App Store. Later this year we’ll also introduce iPhone, Android and Windows universal apps.

Another important part of the announcement is Power BI becoming a freemium service. Microsoft will also introduce Power BI Pro, available at a low monthly price, with additional data capacity and features for the enterprise. For now, Microsoft is lowering the price of our in-market Power BI service to $9.99 per user a month, a 75 percent reduction in price.

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