With the release of Microsoft Fabric, ISVs and application developers using Power BI embedded can now leverage new capabilities of Microsoft Fabric, all while maintaining their Power BI embedded solutions and using the Power BI REST APIs.
In this post, we’ll discuss the value of Microsoft Fabric for embedded solutions and give you all the details on how to get started with Microsoft Fabric and Power BI embedded.
About Microsoft Fabric
Microsoft Fabric is an end-to-end, unified analytics platform that brings together all the data and analytics tools that organizations need. Fabric integrates technologies like Azure Data Factory, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Power BI into a single unified product, empowering data and business professionals alike to unlock the potential of their data and lay the foundation for the era of AI. Read the full release update here.
About Power BI embedded
Power BI embedded analytics allows you to embed your Power BI items such as reports, dashboards and tiles, in a web application or in a website. You can:
- Deliver compelling data experiences for your end users, enabling them to take action based on insights from your solutions data.
- Quickly and easily provide exceptional customer-facing reports, dashboards, and analytics in your own apps by using and branding Power BI as your own.
Capacity and SKUs updates for Power BI embedded analytics
Until today, Power BI embedded analytics offered two publishing solutions, each with different SKUs.
- Power BI Embedded – an Azure offering aimed at ISVs and developers, using A SKUs
- Power BI Premium – a Microsoft Office offering that includes embedding Power BI, geared toward enterprises looking for a complete BI solution, using EM or P SKUs
With the introduction of Microsoft Fabric, we’re excited to inform you that embedding Power BI is now also available with all the new Microsoft Fabric capacities.
Power BI embedded with Microsoft Fabric Capacities (F SKUs)
Microsoft Fabric capacities allow you to create and share Fabric content and leverage Fabric for your applications. Microsoft Fabric provides all the capabilities required for a developer to extract insights from data and present it to the business user, whether it is within Fabric or embedded in external applications.
Microsoft Fabric capacities come in a wide range of SKUs, each with different resource tiers for memory and computing power, so you can find the SKU that best fits your application needs. Embedding Power BI artifacts is supported with the whole range of F SKUs. Read more about the different available licenses here.
Just like the familiar A SKUs, F SKUs can be used for as long as you want without any commitment. Pricing is regional and billing is made on a per second basis with a minimum of one minute.
Some additional capabilities with F SKUs include:
- Pay as you go with no time commitment.
- You can scale your capacity up or down using the Azure portal.
- You can pause and resume your capacity as needed.
Fabric capacities also offer a lower entry level, which can be ideal for ISVs and smaller organizations looking to explore Microsoft Fabric and embedded analytics with Power BI. Meanwhile, the higher-level F SKUs allow free users to view Shared Power BI items in any workspace that has such a capacity assigned to it.
During the preview of Microsoft Fabric, you can also enjoy the Microsoft Fabric (Preview) trial, which includes access to the Fabric product experiences and the resources to create and host Fabric items. The Fabric Trial is available for 60 days and can be upgraded to a Fabric capacity once the trial runs out. Once your workspace is upgraded to a trial capacity, you can embed any Power BI item in the workspace just like you could with an A or P SKU previously.
Power BI embedded with A SKUs
Power BI embedded continues to work smoothly with A SKUs, regardless of whether Microsoft Fabric has been enabled in the organization or not. This means that you can freely explore Microsoft Fabric in other workspaces, while maintaining your existing A SKU assigned workspaces used for embedding.
However, keep in mind that A SKUs do not support Microsoft Fabric. If you wish to create Fabric items in an A SKU workspace, you will be prompted to migrate the workspace to a Fabric capacity or Fabric Trial.
Additionally, you will not be able to reassign workspaces with Fabric capacities or a Fabric Trial that include Fabric items to an A SKU.
Another exciting release with Microsoft Fabric is git integration, which enables developers to integrate their development processes, tools, and best practices straight into Microsoft Fabric workspaces.
For Power BI embedded users, this introduces a whole new way to easily manage and control versions of embedded reports. You’ll be able work in Power BI desktop to develop your Power BI reports and datasets, and check in your changes to git to collaborate and manage your Power BI content as you do with your app’s code. From there you can sync the content back to your Fabric workspace to ensure everything stays up to date.
Read the full release update here.
Get started with Microsoft Fabric
Microsoft Fabric is currently in preview. Try out everything Fabric has to offer by signing up for the free trial—no credit card information required. Everyone who signs up gets a fixed Fabric trial capacity, which may be used for any feature or capability from integrating data to creating machine learning models. Existing Power BI Premium customers can simply turn on Fabric through the Power BI admin portal. After July 1, 2023, Fabric will be enabled for all Power BI tenants.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Fabric, consider:
- Signing up for the Microsoft Fabric free trial
- Visiting the Microsoft Fabric website
- Reading the more in-depth Fabric experience announcement blogs:
- Data Factory experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Engineering experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Science experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Warehousing experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Real-Time Analytics experience in Fabric blog
- Power BI announcement blog
- Data Activator experience in Fabric blog
- Administration and governance in Fabric blog
- OneLake in Fabric blog
- Microsoft 365 data integration in Fabric blog
- Dataverse and Microsoft Fabric integration blog
- Exploring the Fabric technical documentation
- Reading the free e-book on getting started with Fabric
- Exploring Fabric through the Guided Tour
- Watching the free Fabric webinar series
- Joining the Fabric community to post your questions, share your feedback, and learn from others
- Visiting Microsoft Fabric Ideas to submit suggestions for improvements and vote on your peers’ ideas
To learn more about Power BI embedded, consider:
- Exploring the Power BI Embedded Playground
- Power BI embedded analytics overview – Power BI | Microsoft Learn
- GitHub – microsoft/PowerBI-Developer-Samples: A collection of Power BI samples for developer use.