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Is it possible to start a power bi account without a work email? DO I need to buy microsoft 365? 

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Hi, @amartino44 


It’s my pleasure to answer for you.

According to your description, Do you want to sign up for the PBI Service as an individual?

Supported email addresses: Before you start the sign-up process, it's important to learn which types of email addresses that you can use to sign-up for Power BI: 

  • Power BI requires that you use a work or school email address to sign up. You can't sign up using email addresses provided by consumer email services or telecommunication providers. This includes,,, and others. If you don't have a work or school account,learn about alternate ways to sign up. 
  • You can sign-up for Power BI with .gov or .mil addresses, but this requires a different process.

If you're having problems signing up for Power BI with your email address, first make sure it's an email address that can be used with Power BI. If that's not successful, sign up for a Microsoft 365 trial and create a work account. Then, use that new work account to sign up for the Power BI service. You'll be able to use Power BI even after the Microsoft 365 trial expires.

Reference:Sign up for the Power BI service as an individual - Power BI | Microsoft Docs

If it doesn’t solve your problem, please feel free to ask me.


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Janey Guo


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No, a work email is required to start power BI account. 

Power BI has three pricing plans:

  • Power BI Desktop: This offering is free to any single user and includes data cleaning and preparation, custom visualizations and the ability to publish to the Power BI service.
  • Power BI Pro: The Pro plan costs $9.99/user/month. It includes data collaboration, data governance, building dashboards with a 360-degree real-time view and the ability to publish reports anywhere. Users can try it as a free trial for 60 days before purchasing the subscription.
  • Power BI Premium: The Premium plan starts at $4,995 a month per dedicated cloud compute and storage resource.

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