Power BI – Data Visualization | Microsoft Power Platform

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights.

Your data might be an Excel spreadsheet, or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what’s important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

The parts of Power BI

Power BI consists of several elements that all work together, starting with these three basics:

  • A Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop.
  • An online software as a service (SaaS) service called the Power BI service.
  • Power BI Mobile apps for Windows, iOS, and Android devices.


These three elements Power BI Desktop, the service, and the mobile apps are designed to let you create, share, and consume business insights in the way that serves you and your role most effectively.

Beyond those three, Power BI also features two other elements:

  • Power BI Report Builder, for creating paginated reports to share in the Power BI service.
  • Power BI Report Server, an on-premises report server where you can publish your Power BI reports, after creating them in Power BI Desktop.

Why Power BI?

Seamlessly scale as needed

Transform petabytes with enterprise-grade ingestion and semantic modeling in a tool that can scale across thousands of users.

Share insights everywhere

Easily embed and share reports in your other Microsoft services, including Teams, PowerPoint, Excel, and Power Platform.

Get more done with AI

Employ easy-to-use AI features that can find patterns in data, create reports instantly, provide answers, and more.

Govern and protect data

Meet your requirements and gain end-to-end visibility with Microsoft governance, security, and compliance.