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, and brings Excel workbook sharing, online collaboration, and IT infrastructure together into a holistic offering.
This page provides brief descriptions of self-service BI features for Excel, and for each feature of Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 (often referred to as Power BI). You’ll also find many links to additional technical content.
Features and Services
Power BI consists of many features and services, and works seamlessly with Excel. Use Excel to create compelling content, data models, and visualizations, and then use Power BI to share, collaborate, and extend those insights (Excel is not part of Power BI for Office 365). 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.
- 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 features amplify the self-service BI capabilities created in Excel by making them available in a collaborative online environment.
IT Infrastructure Services for Power BI – these features 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:
Some features of 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.