#PowerBI is available on different platforms (services) / devices. Desktop, Web & Mobile. It’s important to know the difference and “when to use what” as they each have their purpose and strong points. Let’s take a look at the features available between these. #PowerPlatform #LearningThroughSharing

Disclaimer:  The purpose of this blog series is not to create experts, but create curious, self-learning #HumansofIT, not afraid to try, fail and learn. Focus is to enable #CitizenDevelopers (non developers) to add extra to ordinary and become EXTRAORDINARY. All humans have the ability to be great, it’s fear of failing and the unknown that keeps us back. If that’s the only thing I can achieve, to break down your fear of technical concepts, then my work here is done 🙂

Microsoft Power BI

As explained in my previous post, Power BI is a service that allows us to:

Get self-service analytics at enterprise scale
Reduce the added cost, complexity, and security risks of multiple solutions with an analytics platform that scales from individuals to the organization as a whole.
Use smart tools for strong results
Find and share meaningful insights with hundreds of data visualizations, built-in AI capabilities, tight Excel integration, and pre built and custom data connectors.
Help protect your analytics data
Gain leading sensitivity classification and data loss prevention capabilities to help keep your data secure and compliant—even when it’s exported. Read more here..

What you should know

Microsoft Power BI is available on different platforms. Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service, Mobile as well as Power BI Report Server. These are all used in different scenarios and it’s important to understand the difference.

Power BI Desktop is a complete data analysis and report creation tool that you install for free application on your local computer. It includes the Query Editor, in which you can connect to many different sources of data and combine them (often called modeling) into a data model.

The Power BI service is a cloud-based service. It supports light report editing and collaboration for teams and organizations. You can connect to data sources in the Power BI service, too, but modeling is limited.

Power BI Mobile offers a set of apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile devices. In the mobile apps, you connect to and interact with your cloud and on-premises data.

Power BI Report Server is an on-premises report server with a web portal in which you display and manage reports and KPIs. (not shown in comparison)

Below an Infographic that I created to help make some sense of it, as well as the download and “Read more” links:

Other blogs in this #PowerPlatform series:

  1. Getting Started with the Microsoft Power Platform
  2. Microsoft Power Platform: What is Power BI?

Community = #LearningThroughSharing

Power BI Specific 

Twitter handles to follow:

  • Microsoft Power Virtual Agents @MSPowerVirtual
  • Microsoft Power Apps @MSPowerApps
  • Microsoft Power Automate @MSPowerAutomate
  • Microsoft Power BI @MSPowerBI
  • Dynamics 365 @MSFTDynamics365
  • Microsoft Azure @Azure
  • Office 365 @Office365
  • Microsoft @Microsoft
  • Tech Community @MSTCommunity

Power Platform Blogs & sites:

See you tomorrow… 🙂


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