Use Power BI

Now that you know the basics of Microsoft Power BI, let's jump into some hands-on experiences and a guided tour.

As you learn about all the things that can be done with Power BI, keep in mind that all these activities, and all the analysis that's done with Power BI, generally follow a common flow. The common flow of activity in Power BI looks like this:

  1. Bring data into Power BI Desktop, and create a report.
  2. Publish to the Power BI service, where you can create new visualizations or build dashboards.
  3. Share dashboards with others, especially people who are on the go.
  4. View and interact with shared dashboards and reports in Power BI Mobile apps.

Power BI cycle of use

As mentioned earlier, you might spend all your time in the Power BI service, viewing visuals and reports that have been created by others. And that's just fine. Someone else on your team might spend all her time in Power BI Desktop, which is fine too. To help you understand the full continuum of Power BI and what it can do, we'll show you all of it. Then you can decide how to use it to your best advantage.

So, let's jump in and step through the experience. The first order of business is to learn the basic building blocks of Power BI, which will provide a solid basis for learning how Power BI turns data into cool reports and visuals.