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Paid Power BI Desktop pro

We want a paid non throttled Power BI Desktop Pro edition
With the following features
1- Printing.
2- Official support for analyse in Excel: only in a local Computer.
3-Capability to generate a password protected pbix file, any PowerBI desktop user can open the file, but they can see only the reports not the data model, only a pro user with the correct password can unlock the file, so at least we can use pbix as a way to securely share reports.

That’s all, Microsoft can make it as a subscription product, I think there is a market for that, all those “Power” Excel/Access/Proclarity/Tableau/Qlik users that want a pure and sophisticated self-service solution, and cannot use the cloud nor SSAS server

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  • Bret Carr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Simply being able to lock down the setup (think Protected Sheets in Excel) of the PBIX/PBIT only seems logical. If you can do it with all other Microsoft Applications, why is this one just open to whomever?

    I also have some unique code in my Queries that I wrote that has value and I'd rather not have someone lift it out for their own use!

  • Brian Spiller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes! In part for those cases where an environment still holds us to a 32-bit Office/Excel install. We could still run a 64-bit PBI-Desktop!
    (Yes, I hate to admit we are still 32-bit Office for some old Office API's in use.)

  • Imke Feldmann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very good idea! The main features I see for an attractive and reasonable paid model are:

    1) "Sharing" PBI-desktop-content in a server-like way without the overhead that comes from installing SQL-server on prem

    2) Real incremental load

    (Yes, 1) could cannibalize SQL-server-sales, but I see also a good chance to make this a smooth transition-path towards a SQL-server-solution later on)

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