How much does Microsoft Power BI cost? Microsoft Power BI offers three enterprise pricing plans to choose from, one of which can be acquired for free (1 GB data capacity limit).
Power BI – Free
The Free service is for personal use, according to Microsoft. It has capabilities similar to the Pro service, and Microsoft claims that’s causing confusion. Therefore, Power BI Free service users will lose sharing capabilities. Under Microsoft’s new plan, Power BI Free users will lose capabilities such as “peer-to-peer dashboard sharing,” even as they gain capabilities such as a “1 GB workbook size limit.” Those sorts of details are outlined in Microsoft’s FAQ publication.
- 1GB Data Capacity Limit
- Create, View, and Share Personal Dashboards and Reports
- Author Content
- Data Exploration
- Native Apps for iOS, Windows, and Android
- Consume curated content packs for services like Dynamics, Salesforce, and Google Analytics
- Import data and reports from Excel, CSV and Power BI Desktop files
- Publish to web
Power BI Pro – $9.99/user/month
- All Power BI Features
- Consume live data sources with full interactivity
- Access on-premises data using the Data Connectivity Gateways (Personal and Data Management)
- Collaborate with your team using Office 365 Groups in Power BI
- Create, publish and view organizational content packs
- Manage access control and sharing through Active Directory groups
- Shared data queries through the Data Catalog
Power BI Premimum $ 600 – ???? per month
Microsoft expects that its new Power BI Premium subscription offering will reach general availability “late in the second quarter of 2017,” according to its announcement.
Currently, Microsoft’s Power BI pricing page does not show the new Premium plan costs. The differences between the Pro plan and the Premium plan seem to be associated with access and scale. The Premium plan offers:
- Ability of Pro users to “publish reports broadly” without requiring recipients to be licensed
- The ability to apply local capacity controls or let Microsoft maintain the “dedicated hardware” in its datacenters
- Ability to publish Power BI apps to “specific people, groups or an entire organization”
- Ability to use Power BI Report Server on premises, which adds control over published reports “within the boundaries of the organization’s firewall”
The arrival of Power BI Premium licensing also coincides with a consolidation change for developers. Microsoft is bringing its Power BI Embedded service for software developers into the Power BI service to deliver “one API surface.” With this change, Microsoft’s announcement advocated a gradual move by developers to Power BI Premium:
Moving forward we encourage those interested in embedding Power BI in their apps to start with Power BI Desktop and move to deployment with Power BI Premium. Existing apps built on Power BI Embedded will continue to be supported.
Check this blog about the new power BI Premium model