What’s next for Microsoft Power BI?


The Microsoft Power BI team have done some impressive work since last year. With each monthly release resulting in a host of new features all helping Power BI become one of the best reporting and analytics products on the market today. One reason I think they have pulled together a well-rounded comprehensive product so quickly is their ability to crowdsource development ideas. I thought it would be fun to take a look at the top ideas on this list giving us a sneak peek at some of the most eagerly anticipated developments to come.

Share with external users outside my organisation 5,254 Votes

Top of the list and understandably so is the ability to share with other users. If Power BI add this functionality along with the ability to embed the reports in external web pages (which isn’t much further down the list) then Power BI becomes a great tool for companies to share their data. With Power BI being built on web-friendly technologies the hope is this will be along very soon.

Power BI on premise hosting 3,047 Votes

This is an interesting one. Microsoft in their roadmap has positioned Power BI Online as their cloud-based delivery option and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) as their on-premise offering. My understanding is that they will allow you to host Power BI Desktop reports on the SSRS Server if you want governed reports. It’s good to see the renewed investment in SSRS and the support this great reporting technology is now getting.



PowerPoint Integration 2,776 Votes

I am not so convinced about this one but hey wisdom is with the crowd. My preference would be to always log on to the actual Power BI site to show the report data, although I do understand you can’t be connected all the time and if you have an important meeting, it could be nice to have this as a backup.

If you have a great idea for a Power BI feature or want to have some influence over what comes next head over to the ideas pageand get voting.