Free Power BI users should be given view rights to reports shared by Pro/Premium users
When a Pro/Premium user shares either an App or just the Dashboard, a Free Power BI user must be able to at least view it
Jace Copier commented
What benefit does the Power BI free version provide? As of now, it is best described as a trial of the product.
Power BI Pro versions should be the only accounts able to share reports/dashboards, but allow all free Power BI users the ability to consume these reports.
It is very difficult to justify an E5 license, or purchasing the Pro version for everyone in the company so that we can create/share metrics for the company. Please treat the free version closer to Visio Online. Employees with Pro license can create, employees with free can view. Makes perfect sense to increase the adoption of this tool.
should be the priority! the thinking behind this is absurd
Just in addition, this *can* be done using premium licensing.
A few Pro licenses can publish, and Free users can consume.
But the thing is ... our latest quote came in at an entry level annual cost of > $50,000 while a Pro license for every staff member was just a fraction of that.
We are currently in the position of deciding if we can even use the service given the lack of governance in place.
For our organisation, it's not even a matter of cost.
We simply do not want to hand out report creation/distribution rights to staff who will only ever *need* to consume reports.
It creates a huge amount of governance, security and quality concerns for the entire service.
I have a similar scenario,
I want to make a dashboard on Power BI. and It only allows me to share it if I have a Pro account. (makes sense)
But, the person, with whom i want to share my dashboard, also needs a Pro account to access the dashboard (which doesn't make sense). Now, my organization has 1000+ employees and we want to make this one dashboard available for everyone to see. But, is it worth buying, 1000+ pro liscences for all the other employees who'll have to JUST SEE THE DASHBOARD. I don't think it's worth that. I know the policies were revised in 2017 mid., but still it's absurd.
P.S: I know we can share reports to SharePoint / embed it in a website. But i'm here talking about dashboards in particular.
Henrik Hougaard commented
Same problem here. We are 200 employees in our company. I'm the only one building reports in Power Bi but wan't to share them with all users. Today i only share them with the partners in out company since it will be to expensive to have to license all 200 users with af Pro license. So now we have 30 Pro licenses for the partners and me. The partners only view the reports. We would like an option to license all users (viewers) at a lower fee. All viewers will only view reports once a week so the present licens options at much to expensive for our needs.