Power BI is a powerful business intelligence tool offered by Microsoft, and it comes in several different versions, each with its own features and pricing. The main versions of Power BI are Free, Pro, and Premium. Here’s a comparison of the three versions:
- Power BI Free: Also known as Power BI Desktop, this version is available for free and allows users to utilize the powerful Power BI service with no costs whatsoever. Users can create reports and visualizations, and share them with others. However, the sharing and collaboration options are limited compared to the Pro and Premium versions.
- Power BI Pro: This version includes all the fundamental features and capabilities found in Power BI Desktop, including data preparation and cleaning, data connections, custom reports, visualizations, and app exports. It is designed for business customers who wish to have maximum utilization of the Power BI ecosystem. One of the key features of Power BI Pro is the ability for users to access each other’s info, reports, and visualizations while using Pro. It also offers additional data capacity and enhanced collaboration options compared to the Free version.
- Power BI Premium: This version is built on a capacity pricing model and is designed for large-scale deployments and organizations that require extensive data capacity and performance. It includes all the features of Power BI Pro, as well as additional capabilities such as a 400GB model size limit for on-premises reporting and an Azure Auto-scale add-on for managing deployment across several locations.