Power BI

Catagory: Business Intelligence – Class: Advanced

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Best Fit

  • Businesses that want to use Microsoft Office for self-service analytics
  • Businesses that would like collaboration on Power BI sites
  • Businesses that analyze data in Excel from multiple sources


  • Ability to create interactive dashboards
  • The ability to share analytics in the cloud and consume on the road with Office 365
  • Improve visualization using Power View and Power Map
  • Access anywhere on any device for live and interactive reporting
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Brief Product Description and Pricing

Power BI is a set of Microsoft tools used in tandem with Microsoft Office Excel to provide users with the ability to quickly summarize large volumes of data, create visualizations of the results, drill down on data to see the supporting detail, and share the data in dashboards on Power BI sites. 

These capabilities can be used to analyze information ranging from financial, sales, manufacturing, or human resources and more. The flexibility of Power BI allows users to create Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be easily updated and filtered to spot trends over time periods, regions, budgets or goals.

Additionally, the Power BI capabilities can be extended with Power Map and Power View, two tools for creating powerful and interactive visualizations. Using Power Bi allows you to analyze data in real time, giving you the ability to explore and analyze data, design interactive reports, and share this information in dashboards. For more information on Power BI, visit https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/.

Power BI for Microsoft 365 is used by businesses of all sizes to meet their business analytics needs. Plans vary from small business to enterprise. You have the ability to select a plan that includes the features that are needed for your organization. At the enterprise level, you can mix the types of plans to choose advanced features for a few users, and very limited features at reduced cost for other users. The only plans which include Power BI for Office 365 are the following:

  • Power Bi is included in Microsoft 365 E5
  • Power BI Pro is $9.99 per user/moth
  • Power BI premium is $20 per user/month or Per capacity from $4,996/ month

Technical Specifications

Windows 11 and Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2016. or One of the three most recent versions of macOS.Microsoft 365 is a subscription that includes premium versions of Office apps across all your devices, monthly feature updates, and 1 TB of cloud storage. Office 2019 is a one-time purchase that includes classic versions of Office apps installed on one PC or Mac (or 5+ with a volume license).

Technical specs

Integration with Accounting and Ease of Setup

For most tasks, Power BI for Microsoft 365 does not require users to modify any operating procedures compared to an Open License copy of Microsoft Office. Integration from Office 2013 into the shared resources of Microsoft 365 is deep and natural with file open, store, SharePoint, OneDrive all naturally added into the menus. 

Setup of Power BI of Microsoft 365 is automatic with a regular installation of Microsoft 365. The Microsoft 365 administrator has rights beyond the average user including password control, email configuration, SharePoint Site configuration and other system-wide attributes.

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Company History and Contact Information

The company was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen; click to read the history of Microsoft.

Microsoft 365 is available for purchase from Microsoft authorized partners, direct from Microsoft on-line or through a number of retail outlets such as Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, and others. On-line versions may be purchased directly from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/business/compare-all-microsoft-365-business-products?&activetab=tab:primaryr2  Reliable high-speed Internet access is required and is a separate cost to the user.

Microsoft 365 Sales & Service Representatives are available to answer sales questions about a current Office 365 product or service order, or if you need more information before you buy. Call Microsoft Store Sales and Customer Support toll-free (877) 696-7786 24 hours/day 7 days/week, or you can chat online with a Sales & Service advisor.