On May 3, Microsoft announced Power BI Premium, a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content. The new offering also introduces the ability to manage Power BI reports on-premises with the included Power BI Report Server.
Today, we're excited to make available a preview of Power BI Report Server.
With Power BI Desktop and Power BI Report Server, you can:
1. Create beautiful, interactive reports using Power BI Desktop
2. Publish reports to Power BI Report Server
3. View and interact with reports in your web browser or in Power BI Mobile on your phone or tablet
At launch, Power BI Report Server will support most Power BI report features, included but not limited to:
- Create reports in Power BI Desktop
- Connect to Analysis Services data models (Tabular or Multidimensional)
- Visualize data using built-in or custom visuals
- View and interact with reports in your web browser
- Export report data to CSV
- Print a report page
- View and interact with reports in Power BI Mobile
With this first release, you connect directly to an Analysis Services data model, which in turn can connect to a variety of other data sources, including SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, and more. We aim to extend direct connectivity to the other Power BI Desktop data sources, targeting later this year.
In addition to its self-service BI capabilities, Power BI Report Server includes the enterprise reporting capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), so you can generate the precisely-formatted reports your business needs.
Power BI Report Server will be generally available along with Power BI Premium late in the second quarter of 2017.