New Power BI Premium Licensing Update: Key Details
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Mar 14, 2024 10:38 PM

New Power BI Premium Licensing Update: Key Details

by HubSite 365 about Microsoft

Software Development Redmond, Washington

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Big Changes! Power BI Premium evolves with Microsoft Fabric - what you need to know before Jan 2025.

Key insights

  • Power BI Premium per capacity SKU will be retired after January 1, 2025, transitioning customers to Microsoft Fabric capacity for enhanced flexibility and features.
  • New Power BI Premium per capacity purchases will end on July 1, 2024, with existing customers having various renewal options based on their current agreements.
  • Migrating to Microsoft Fabric allows customers to enjoy additional benefits such as eligibility for MACC, pay-as-you-go options, and access to Azure-only features.
  • Customers can migrate their Power BI and other artifacts easily to Fabric capacity and are ensured access and support during the transition period.
  • Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium per user (PPU) are not affected by this transition, while Power BI Embedded is compatible with Microsoft Fabric capacity.

Understanding the Transition from Power BI Premium to Microsoft Fabric

The planned retirement of Power BI Premium per capacity SKU marks a significant shift towards Microsoft Fabric, which integrates and extends the capabilities of Power BI, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Factory into a unified platform. This move not only offers a broader range of services but also aligns with Microsoft's strategy to provide more flexible, scalable, and feature-rich solutions to its customers. By encouraging customers to transition to Microsoft Fabric, Microsoft aims to enhance users' experience with more dynamic billing options, smaller compute SKUs starting below the entry level of Power BI Premium, and exclusive access to Azure-only features. Furthermore, the transition is made easier for customers through straightforward migration paths and continued support to ensure a seamless experience. Ultimately, this evolution reflects Microsoft's ongoing commitment to innovation and its effort to deliver more value to its Power BI and Microsoft Fabric users.

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Important update coming to Power BI Premium licensing. With the exciting release of Microsoft Fabric and the Fabric capacity SKUs last year, Microsoft is consolidating purchase options and retiring the Power BI Premium per capacity SKU after January 1, 2025. The Power BI Premium product capabilities will not change and there is no immediate action required.

You can continue using your existing Power BI Premium capacity until the time of your next renewal. After January 1, 2025, existing Power BI Premium per capacity customers should work with their Microsoft account representative. They will transition to a suitable Fabric capacity and pricing plan which provides more flexibility and access to exclusive features.

Retiring Power BI Premium per capacity pricing options were introduced by Microsoft last year with the launch of Microsoft Fabric. This platform combines the best of Power BI, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Factory into a unified SaaS platform. It includes all the capabilities of Power BI Premium plus additional core workloads.

New and existing customers need to take note of different impacts due to the retirement. Depending on your current agreement, the retirement impacts you differently. There are steps for existing customers without an Enterprise Agreement (EA), customers with an EA, and customers on a sovereign cloud.

Customers migrating their purchase to Fabric capacity will enjoy the benefits such as eligibility for MACC and the ability to dynamically scale services. Fabric capacity also allows access to Azure-only features like trusted workspace access for OneLake shortcuts and Managed Private Endpoints for Spark.

To migrate your Power BI and Fabric artifacts, reassign your workspaces to the new Fabric capacity. Administrators can bulk assign workspaces to make the process quicker. Power BI and Fabric artifacts remain accessible for at least 90 days after the Power BI Premium capacity subscription ends to ensure smooth migration.

Impact on other Power BI licensing is also noted. Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium per user (PPU) are not affected by this retirement. For Power BI Embedded, Microsoft Fabric capacity is compatible and can be used for all embedded activities. However, Microsoft Fabric capacity is not compatible with Power BI Report Server.

To learn more about the transition and how to migrate your Power BI capacity to Fabric, view the Power BI Premium FAQ. More information on pricing options can be found on the Microsoft Fabric pricing page.

Understanding the Transition to Microsoft Fabric

With the move from Power BI Premium to the more flexible Microsoft Fabric platform, Microsoft is shaping the future of business intelligence and analytics. This transition opens up new opportunities for organizations, enabling them to leverage a broader range of tools and capabilities. The convergence of Power BI with Azure's powerful analytics services within Microsoft Fabric represents a strategic shift towards a more integrated, comprehensive data and analytics environment.

For businesses, the change offers a chance to enhance their analytics capabilities, enjoy greater flexibility in resource scaling, and access Azure-exclusive features. Moreover, this shift ensures that companies can better align their business intelligence strategies with their broader IT and cloud strategies, benefiting from Azure's robust cloud infrastructure and advanced analytics possibilities.

The focus on flexibility, scalability, and the integration of exclusive Azure features make the transition to Microsoft Fabric capacity not only a change in licensing but also an upgrade in analytics capability. As the deadline for migration approaches, organizations are encouraged to plan accordingly to ensure they fully leverage the benefits of this new platform and continue their data-driven decision-making processes without interruption.

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