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msarmento
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Third-party tools to explore Power BI data (Excel alternative)

Are there any other tools that connect to a Power BI Dataset for data viz / exploration?

 

I've looked for tools that use the XMLA Endpoint but I can only find dev tools like, tabular editor, dax studio and so on.

 

I think Tableau can connect to SSAS. But, more specifically, I'm looking for an alternative to Excel as a data exploration tool, as when using the "Analyze in Excel" option, but in a scenario where the person do not have a MS Office license.

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v-janeyg-msft
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Hi, @msarmento 

 

At present, there is really no good tool to connect to powerbi dateset, except for its own desktop. Because powerbi has a complete system, it is difficult to have third-party tools.

 

Best Regards

Janey Guo

 

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v-janeyg-msft
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Hi, @msarmento 

 

At present, there is really no good tool to connect to powerbi dateset, except for its own desktop. Because powerbi has a complete system, it is difficult to have third-party tools.

 

Best Regards

Janey Guo

 

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GilbertQ
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Hi @msarmento 

 

I am not sure of any other tools that are free that allow you to connect to explore Power BI data. I would suggest them using Excel or wait for the Excel online version to be supported in the browser?





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I'm looking for an option exactly for those Power BI users that don't have an Excel license.

 

I would imagine that, since Power BI has an open XMLA endpoint to connect to, there will be some tool to connect to a dataset and explore it's data. Even if it's not free.

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