Microsoft Power BI
Published in

Microsoft Power BI

Demystifying Power BI — User Applications & Interfaces

A summary and overview of client applications available in the Power BI ecosystem to access Power BI content

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels

Applications for Everyone

Power BI service, Power BI online, and Power BI portal is the SaaS (Software as a Service) part of Power BI. These terms refer to the same entity ( and are used interchangeably.

  • Distributing reports and dashboards to large numbers of users
  • Managing access to external data sources
  • Applying row-level security both to reports and the underlying data
  • Generating alerts
  • Setting up subscriptions to inform users that new content is ready to be viewed by email
  • Connecting to published data from other tools, such as Excel
  • Performing centralized administration and governance activities
  • Augmented Reality based data in space
  • barcode & QR code scanning to open reports
  • location-based report filtering
Power BI: Client application support by license and platform (Image by Author)

Sharing Options

APIs and Embedded Analytics


Other articles in this series

Like this post? Connect with Dhyan



Microsoft Power BI blog publishing news, tips and tutorials carefully chosen by our editors team. If you would like to contribute to our publication contact me on email or

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Dhyanendra Singh Rathore

Analytics Expert. Data and BI Professional. Owner of Everyday BI. Private consultation -