Create an read-only and external license tier
Power BI is a great tool for those that need to analyze data, but not all users are equal in their knowledge of PowerPivot, Excel or the underlying data sources. Some users just want to see and act on data. In the current model, users have to have a PowerBI license to even see a report.
So, instead of building or buying a separate visualization layer to go over SSAS or SSRS, why not make PowerView extensible? Give me a very economical or even free limited user tier that can only consume web reports, but no Excel access. You can even assume these users are E2/E3 subscribers.
A big YES on this. There is a gap between the "FREE" license and the "PRO" license. I generated reports for stake holders in projects or stakeholders within a team whom have no need for the full Pro license, yet being able to view the reports via web (instead of exported manually via PPT and shared via onedrive, sharepoint or email) would be a much better experience.
Niek Verhoef commented
With the new PowerBI Apps it would make sense to make apps available for free or read only users.
Roberto Massucco commented
This is interesting. Is there any news?
Almost 3 years under review, and still no response, we would love to have Power BI fully implemented in our organization, but we don't see as a good practice to everyone have a Pro license, we can manage our most sensitive reports with Pro, but the rest of the company who has to see more data, we don't see that as a solution.
[Deleted User] commented
I think that "read-only and external license tier" is very important. Why I have to use "Power BI embedded" to distribute my dashboards to my users?
I would prefer a separat Power BI server to handle the external license tie. The existing Power BI server is hard loaded. I am very welling to pay for that!
Jimmy Gibson commented
Now that you will be introducing the ability to store PBIX files on SSRS Report Server (SQL Server 2106) and view Power BI reports from there, we need to have an update on the read-only license idea which has been under review since 2014. Power BI on premise is a potential BI solution for our clients as well as many others and as a solution provider, we need to know Microsoft's licensing roadmap for Power BI users who only need read-only access to a Power BI report.
Any update Microsoft???
Sofie De Clercq commented
Avoiding that users who only want to view a report with Pro content also need a Pro license is a recurrent idea. I've voted for each of them and combined the votes add up to over 1800. Surely I don't need to be a prima ballerina to be allowed to watch a ballet performance? Please fix this issue.
This is a critical feature that is available on other products like Qlik. Unfortunately the Free License does not allow to use the enterprise gateway. We would be happy to buy a number of pro licenses for the report admins, but not for hundreds of users that only view reports very rarely.
We definitely need the ability to have our E3 licensed users also have read-only access to group workspaces.
It's hard to compete with on-prem Tableau server offerings that can be served to an entire company with a single server license without this.
2 years since this went under review - wonder if anyone is even looking into this ? This is absolutely essential to allow us to give read-only access to extend the user base
Anthony Newell commented
And the row level security incorporated into this is obviously essential
Anthony Newell commented
I'm very interested in the grey 'UNDER REVIEW'
This is not only a fantastic suggestion but a strategically essential one unless the pro restrictions come off
E5 SKU is a non-starter so the only other route is pro licencing to have people merely view which is overkill
Providing that 'viewer' can be used in the same way via mobile apps this is essential
I am very surprised that this has been under review for almost 2 years with no update. This is a much needed feature, especially within larger companies.
Kristin Kennedy commented
I would agree with all that has been said here. For us it's not about the cost, it's about the access. We want to be able to restrict certain users to only consume the charts and visualizations provided to them, no more. We would love a "Read Only" license option. Thank you!
Vincent Jourdain commented
This is an essential feature that is available on other products (Qlikview). The majority of our users need to view dashboards through our intranet / dynamics CRM on premise, using SSAS. Unfortunately the Free License does not allow to use the enterprise gateway, and we are not prepared to pay 500 users licences.
A feature of the licensing model that allows a company to use Power BI to host externally (or customer) facing reports (and charts, dashboards, etc.) via their own extranet/portal would be a great addition. Currently each of our customers would need to sign-up as a PowerBI.com user and we'd be obligated to pay for it. But that is untenable. The old HTML/ASP rendered reports cost only a developer's time...what is the modern equivalent/replacement (that still allows us to standardize on tools and platforms)?
Daniel Lenz commented
This is an important feature that will keep power bi competitive with on-prem installs like tableau server or qlik sense. We are still evaluating and those two products can be licensed on a core-model. As we start to move from disconnected BI towards embedding BI within line of business applications, this becomes even more important for large organizations.
Brandon Paddock commented
We would love to have something that lets us take read-only reports and/or dashboards and share them with clients. But we don't want them to have to go through any lengthy sign-up process or to really even have to know or care what PowerBI is. It would be great if sharing a report or dashboard were as easy as sharing a document from Office 365 (SharePoint/OneDrive For Business), with a URL they get and a simple sign-in process (and maybe a revocable obscure URL like OneDrive supports).
Even if we had to pay more, or pay for the number of reports/dashboards we share (or how many external people or links are allowed), that would be fine so long as it's reasonably priced.
This would obviously combine well with other suggestions here like being able to embed reports or charts in web pages (or in our own web app's client-facing dashboard, for example).
To further on this, why not charge a nominal fee for the connector to on prem? I would say Azure, but in that case we are already paying for Azure too and the products are so integrated