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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Updated Power BI To Be Released in Late July
According to reports, an updated version of Power BI will be available later this month. Power BI, originally launched in July 2013, is part of Office 365. Since its release, it has been notably upgraded and a Beta version is ready for preview later this month. Originally, Microsoft built Power BI around three essential components: reports, datasets and dashboards. The program is able to draw content from data and leverage connections to multiple sources including SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. According to Microsoft’s announcement, "Power BI Desktop - currently known in preview as the Power BI Designer - is a powerful new visual data exploration and interactive reporting tool available for free at It provides a free-form canvas for drag-and-drop exploration of your data and an extensive library of interactive visualizations, while streamlining report creation and publishing to the Power BI service." Microsoft has announced that it will be available on July 24, 2015. The general release will add many new features including new chart types, support for collaborating in groups on shared data sets and a revamped desktop application. Power BI allows regular business used to leverage powerful tools to visualize the information they possess from various sets of data that update live. Power BI also allows users to create content packs and share them with others. Future upgrades of the product will allow even more connections with outside services. Reports show that at least one new pack will be available each week. Power BI will support 44 languages and work on multiple platforms. The final release will be available for Windows, Android and iOS. Those who are interested in trying Power BI for free can sign up and enjoy a 1 GB data cap per user. However, a Power BI Pro subscriptions is available for $9.99 per month and will boost data capacity to 10 GB and allow users to refresh data every hour. If you are interested in learning more about Power BI and other great programs Microsoft offers for businesses, the experts at C3IT can help. We are trained and skilled in finding the right programs for your business needs and implementing them. There are many great programs out there that can be utilized to help your business run more efficiently and effectively. If you are interested in what programs can be utilized by your business, call the experts at C3IT and let us help you discover and implement them today.

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