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May 3 announcement overview

Today we announced changes to Power BI Pro and the free service. While the free service is intended for personal use and Power BI Pro enables collaboration, we’ve received feedback that functional differences between them have created confusion for users. Going forward, we will improve free to have the same functionality as Power BI Pro, but will restrict sharing and collaboration features to only Power BI Pro users. Free users will benefit from access to all data sources, higher workspace storage limits, and higher refresh and streaming rates. These changes will be effective June 1.


For existing users of the free service who have been active within the past year, we’re offering a free, 12-month extended trial of Power BI Pro. The offer will let you take advantage of the full capabilities of Power BI Pro for the next year as a sign of our appreciation for your continued support. Using the trial will also give you time to adjust how you use the service. The extended Power BI Pro trial will be available beginning June 1. Watch for an email from us, and check your notifications the next time you sign into the service for instructions on how to access the offer. Please also refer to the full terms and conditions below for details.  


Frequently asked questions pertaining to changes in Power BI Pro and the free service, as well as the extended Power BI Pro trial, are available on the board. Please share your thoughts and questions there. 



Extended Power BI Pro trial terms and conditions

  • General purpose: The free 12-month extended Power BI Pro trial offer (the “Offer”) is available to existing qualified users of the free Power BI service, in order to address changes to the service effective June 1 related to the ability to distribute and receive content. Eligible users will receive the Offer beginning June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018.
  • Eligibility: Users who registered for the free Power BI service on or before May 2, 2017 and have signed into the service at least once between May 2, 2016 and May 2, 2017 are eligible for the Offer.
  • Exclusions: Power BI Pro and Power BI Pro trial users are not eligible for the Offer.
  • Term: The Offer will begin on June 1, 2017 and end on May 31, 2018. Acceptance can occur at any time during the 12-month period, though the offer will terminate on May 31, 2018 for all users regardless of when they accepted the Offer.
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