Microsoft Power BI is now generally available

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 27 July 2015
Microsoft Power BI is now generally available

Customers are now able to get their hands on the latest version of Power BI, Microsoft’s business analytics visualisation service, which came out of preview on Friday along with the desktop version, Power BI Desktop.

Microsoft discussed some of the updates it would be making to this latest version in an announcement a couple of weeks ago. They include contributing the Power BI visualisation framework and its complete library of visuals to the open source community, creating new visual features, and releasing mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The company has also committed to rolling out new content packs weekly to ensure that users can always connect to the data they need.

“This means you can connect to your data in popular services like Quickbooks and Salesforce, and view a curated collection of dashboards and reports that continuously update with the latest data from these services,” said James Phillips, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Products Group.

All users who signed up for a preview account will notice that they have automatically been transferred to a Power BI free account. If they want to pay for the full featured version, they can upgrade to a Power BI Pro account at any time.

Organisations already using the tool include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth in Texas, which is taking advantage of it to understand how its various programmes are performing and their impact on the kids they serve. Metro Bank in London is also using Power BI to quickly and accurately provide information to guide analysis and decision-making as it set out to create fans, not customers.

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