Power BI Embedded Pricing Simplified as Service Becomes Generally Available

Power BI Embedded is a new service available to developers or independent software vendors to allow them to embed Power BI dashboards into their applications.  Unlike the traditional Power BI per user subscription licensing, Power BI Embedded is based on consumption of reports by any user accessing the application.

Power BI Embedded

Microsoft has changed the pricing model as the service becomes generally available.  In the original pricing model, the price was per render of a dashboard or report.  1,000 “renders” was priced in preview at US $2.50.  In the new pricing model, pricing is now per “session”, e.g. each unique user connecting to a unique report.   Each of these sessions is now US $0.05 for a maximum 60 minute session.  If your application has 10 reports and a user accesses all 10 reports, that’s $0.50 charged.

The advantage of this new pricing model is easier methods for calculating the consumption costs – it was difficult to figure out how many renders of a dashboard were needed for an application and on average how many might be consumed by an end user.  With this model, it becomes easier to predict based on the number of users sessions you have in your application.

In addition, Microsoft has made development of reports free with an Azure subscription.  Developers can access their own reports for dev/test at no cost – only end user consumption is charged.

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Power BI Embedded Pricing Now Available

Microsoft has released pricing for Microsoft Power BI Embedded.  Power BI Embedded is the new version of Power BI targeted to application developers wanting to leverage the Power BI service directly in their applications.

Power BI Embedded

Unlike the regular Power BI subscription model which is based on the number of users, the new Power BI Embedded is based on the number of views.  Current pricing is $2.50 US / 1000 renders, e.g. 1000 views of a dashboard or report. 

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Integrated Power BI Visualizations for Applications Coming Soon with Power BI Embedded

Microsoft announced that they will provide a version of Power BI that allows for integration of the Power BI service with custom applications.  The service will be called Power BI Embedded and will enable scenarios where application developers would like to harness the Power BI visualization service within their application stack. 

Power BI Embedded

Unlike the current subscription model which charges per user, Power BI Embedded will be charged on a per usage basis to enable application developers to manage their own users and to ease integration with Power BI as a pure service.  Pricing has not been released yet.

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