Microsoft makes Power BI generally available for all Office 365 users

Microsoft first announced its plans to launch Power BI for Office 365 and Excel users in April 2013. Today, the company revealed that Power BI is now generally available for all Office 365 users, after launching as a preview version in the summer of 2013.

Power BI has been designed to give Excel users a  new and better ways to collect, examine, and display mass amounts of data, including viewing spreadsheet data as 3D maps. Microsoft says that Power BI has evolved since it was first announced. In a blog post, the company said:

For example, Power Query in Excel allows you to easily search and access data within your organization or from publically available sources. In addition once you upload your Excel workbooks to Power BI, you can ask questions of your data using natural language search and instantly receive answers in the form of interactive charts or graphs.

Pricing for Power BI comes in three tiers. The cheapest is $33 a month as an add-on for Office 365 E3 and E4 subscribers but it looks like Microsoft has cut that price down to just $20 a month temporarily, judging from the price listing. Power BI as a stand alone service costs $40 a month and users who have Office 365 ProPlus can add Power BI for an extra $52 a month.

Source: Microsoft

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Perhaps, maybe, the author shouldn't assume that everyone knows what BI stands for either. Those who work in the industry or work with these types of data have run into business intelligence applications and functions before, but the average user would probably say, "BI? What BS is this for $40 a month?"

To be fair the video is unlisted so only the people who have the URL have even seen it. MS could only be pasting it into pages where it makes sense to market the feature, but internet sites have picked up on it and started reporting on it outside of the business context.

LOL..the average student, housewife, stay-at-home dad, crossing guard, priest, etc.... does not need this.

Therefore this is certainly not a game changer for a $99/year subscription.

VictorWho said,
LOL..the average student, housewife, stay-at-home dad, crossing guard, priest, etc.... does not need this.
Therefore this is certainly not a game changer for a $99/year subscription.

Considering BI is aimed at business/corporate users, yea I wouldn't think would be.

VictorWho said,
LOL..the average student, housewife, stay-at-home dad, crossing guard, priest, etc.... does not need this.

Therefore this is certainly not a game changer for a $99/year subscription.

This makes no sense at all, please read the article before commenting. Or watch the video, in the first seconds it tells you that BI is for business. Then no one said it's a gamechanger. Office doesn't need one. Finally it's not included in a normal subscribtion and costs much more than $99.

You have a point, but then your average user is pretty ignorant to begin with. As soon as I started using (and eventually teaching) BusinessObjects, and discovered how useful it could be in more mundane computing in my life, simple spreadsheet use no longer sufficed. If BI is bringing a number of aspects similar to BusinessObjects, then, I'm looking forward to it. It just enhances the 99$ subscription to Office 365 my wife & I share.