In a recent blog post, Matt Allington offered some good commentary on the new Power BI license changes. There’s a lot of content to go through in his post, so check it out. One thing in particular struck me though in that he equated Free with Personal (UPDATE: this is terminology Microsoft uses that Matt used as well).
There’s a subtle difference in my mind, and it comes down how you interpret “personal”. Power BI does not allow you to sign up with a personal account. That has implications on what I might do as an individual on my own personal time. Any personal work I do is tied to my workspace on my workplace’s tenant.
Contrast Power BI “Free” with something like Tableau Public, where you can sign up for free with any personal account and perform what — in Power BI terms — is something like using “Publish to Web” with a shared public tenant. It doesn’t matter how many times you might change jobs and work accounts. Your personal output is still out there under your profile.
- Is Power BI exclusively meant to be a business and not a personal platform?
- Does the inability to sign up with a personal account impact the growing Power BI community? If so, how?
- What happens to personal output when a user no longer has access to their workplace’s tenant?
- Does the lack of true personal (individual) accounts hold back creativity on the Power BI platform?
If you are interested in using any email as a Power BI account, there is an idea that you can vote for that currently has 1500+ votes and over 400 comments.
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