A PowerBI Five Minute Quick Start

The PowerBI software is available from Microsoft for free for personal use at the time of writing. There are two ways to use PowerBI: the desktop software or as a web service; the desktop software is only available for Windows users, while other systems can access almost all of the desktop functionality via a browser using the service.


This PowerBI desktop five minute quick start film requires no other software, it shows you how to enter simple test data and produce visualizations all within PowerBI:

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As PowerBI is being constantly improved, new versions are published monthly, the slides and videos in this course may have slightly different user interfaces to your version of the software. However, the principles and visualization methods will be the same, or very similar, for other PowerBI versions and any visualization toolset you wish to try.

You can find more about PowerBI and the software ecosystem supporting it on Microsoft’s business insights pages.