Sometimes the fastest way to get an answer from your data, is to ask a question using natural language.  For example, "what were total sales last year."  Use Q&A to explore your data using intuitive, natural language capabilities and receive answers in the form of charts and graphs. Q&A is different from a search engine -- Q&A only provides results about the data in Power BI.

Asking the question is just the beginning. Have fun traveling through your data refining or expanding your question, uncovering trust-worthy new information, zeroing in on details and zooming out for a broader view. You’ll be delighted by the insights and discoveries you make.

The experience is truly interactive…and fast! Powered by an in-memory storage, response is almost instantaneous.

For more details about Power BI Q&A:

How to use Q&A: Step by step instructions for using Q&A and an overview of how it all works.

Tips for asking questions in Q&A: Learn how to talk to Q&A to get the best possible results.

Add featured questions to your datasets and Q&A will suggest these questions to your colleagues.

Enable Q&A for your on-premises datasets

Tutorial: Use Power BI Q&A with the Retail Sales sample: Use Q&A in a realistic industry tutorial.

Make your data work well with Q&A: Are you the person creating datasets and data models? Then this topic is for you.

See also

Power BI - Basic Concepts

Get started with Power BI

Tutorial: Introduction to Power BI Q&A

Make your data work well with Power BI Q&A