Power BI License Comparison | FREE vs PRO

Hi All,

The Power BI License model is much simple than you think, check it out below and take your own conclusion:

FREE

POWER BI

kr 62.90 USER / MONTH
$ 9.99 USER / MONTH

POWER BI PRO

Data capacity limit

1 GB/user

10 GB/user

Create, view and share your personal dashboards and reports

Author content with the Power BI Desktop

Explore data with Natural Language1

Access your dashboards on mobile devices using native apps for iOS, Windows, and Android

Consume curated content packs for services like Dynamics, Salesforce, and Google Analytics

Import data and reports from Excel, CSV and Power BI Desktop files

Data Refresh
Consume content that is scheduled to refresh

Daily

Hourly

Consume streaming data in your dashboards and reports

10K rows/hour

1M rows/hour

Consume live data sources with full interactivity

Access on-premises data using the Data Connectivity Gateways (Personal and Data Management)

Collaboration
Collaborate with your team using Office 365 Groups in Power BI

Create, publish and view organizational content packs

Manage access control and sharing through Active Directory groups2

Shared data queries through the Data Catalog

1 Natural Language query is currently only supported in English.

2 Coming Soon

  • Prices shown per user per month but annual subscription is required.
  • Academic, Government and Non-profit pricing available.
  • Learn more about volume Licensing or find a Microsoft expert.
  • Pricing shown in US dollars for Commercial ERP through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program.

[IMPORTANT] UPDATE 02

from Power BI Pro to Power BI Free

  • Datasets (refreshing every hour)
  • Reports
  • Dashboards (cannot load)

from Power BI Free to Power BI Free

  • Datasets (refreshing every day)
  • Reports
  • Dashboards

[IMPORTANT] UPDATE 01

In case you have users with both Power BI Pro and Power BI Free, they will not be able to share everything.

I just made a test and got the following result:

Using a Power BI Pro I did:

  • A Dataset (refreshing every hour)
  • A Report
  • A Dashboard
  • Shared with a Power BI Free user

Using a Power BI Free Users I did:

  • Got an email to access the Dashboard

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  • Could access the Dashboard, but without enough permissions to load the data

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  • Could access the Report and allowed to see the data by clicking  on any Dashboard item

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