Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 is a collection of features and services that enable you to visualize data, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive new ways. Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 provides an organization-wide self-service business intelligence (BI) infrastructure, bringing Excel enhancements, online collaboration, and IT infrastructure together into a holistic offering.
This page provides brief descriptions of each feature of Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 (often referred to as Power BI), and includes links to additional technical content.
Features and Services
Power BI consists of the following features and services. More learning content is available for each of these features, by selecting the feature name in the following lists.
Self-Service BI Features in Excel - these features extend the data-specific features and capabilities of Excel 2013. Some of these have been available before, some are new, but each is now integrated into Excel and into Power BI online services.
- Power Query – easily discover and connect to data from public and corporate data sources
- Power Pivot – create a sophisticated Data Model directly in Excel
- Power View – create reports and analytical views with interactive data visualizations
- Power Map – explore and navigate geospatial data on a 3D map experience in Excel
Power BI for Office 365 – these services extend the self-service BI capabilities in Excel by making them available in a collaborative online environment.
IT Infrastructure Services for Power BI – these services get Power BI running in your organization, and enable IT professionals to provide, manage, and secure Power BI services.
Getting Started Guides
Two guides are available to get you up running with Power BI:
Power BI Provisioning Guide – learn how provision and secure a Power BI tenant, how to assign user licenses for Power BI, and how the Admin Center enables IT professionals manage the services. This guide is designed for IT Professionals. Download the Provisioning Guide as a Word document.
Power BI Getting Started Guide – learn the self-service BI features in Excel, in a visual guide that walks through creating a workbook with multiple reports. Also learn how to navigate Power BI sites, manage your data, and get a tour of the Power BI app for Windows. This guide is designed for Excel users, report creators, and report consumers. Download the Getting Started Guide as a Word document, or view a version of the guide online.
Links to forums, blogs, and more information
The following links provide additional information and engagement opportunities for Power BI:
- We’re constantly updating Power BI features – check out what's new this month
- Visit Power BI forums – find out what others are doing, saying, discovering
- Read the Power BI blog – read the Power BI blog to hear directly from the product team
- Power BI Site on Microsoft.com – visit the Power BI web site
- Visit the Power BI Wiki page, which contains links to additional Power BI content
- For frequently asked questions, and answers, see the Power BI for Office 365 FAQ
- See this page for known issues with Office 2013 and Office 365
Some features of Power BI in Excel 2013 may need to be enabled or downloaded.
There are certain software requirements and other considerations you should know about for Power BI. Please look through the Service Description for Power BI for Office 365.