Power BI

There are multiple ways to share Power BI content with external users, each with the same licensing requirements as sharing with internal users.

Power BI licensing is complex, but understanding the different Power BI user types and the rules governing content hosting can help optimize licensing purchases.

Power BI licensing often does not influence platform decisions, except in the area of break-even cost analysis, hybrid deployments, and architectural planning.

Illustration shows the User Subscription License requirements to create and consume content for each of the Power BI back-end platforms.

Power BI licensing is complex, but understanding the different Power BI user types and the rules governing content hosting can help optimize licensing purchases.

Chart shows the limits and supported Power BI platforms for the three report formats: Power BI, Excel, and Paginated reports.

Illustration shows Power BI report design tools available for creating reports hosted in Power BI.

Choosing the right Power BI platform requires evaluating supported report formats and their limitations on each platform.

Illustration shows Power BI back-end platforms that include multiple cloud services and an on-premises server product.

The illustration shows the combined components that provide a unified platform organizations can use to replace existing BI deployments.