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First look at the new Power BI Preview

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This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, you can keep a pulse on your business via live operational dashboards or explore business data through interactive visual reports.

Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free. The preview is available in the US now and will expand internationally in the coming months.

 

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  1. Unfortunately the preview is not available in my region (Algeria).

    • Jeremy Chapman
      Microsoft.com User">

      Hi Mehdi,

      Today, anyone with a US business email account can try the preview of the new Power BI for free. We’ll expand to international users in the coming months. You can visit PowerBI.com and register to be notified of availability.

      -Jeremy

  2. “Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free.”
    You might have the decency to qualify that statement by telling us that actually you can only do that if you live in 1 of the 200+ countries in the world.

    • Jeremy Chapman
      Microsoft.com User">

      Hi Jamiekt,

      Thanks for your feedback. Availability of the preview will expand internationally in the coming months. You can register at powerbi.com for notifications of availability in your country.

      -Jeremy

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