Microsoft Power BI is a business application that enables users to set up graphs, reports, and other visualizations for their data. BI users can then share and annotate their data with the software.
It might sound similar to spreadsheet applications, but it’s not entirely the same as users don’t need to set up spreadsheets. Windows Power BI is freely available for download, but users will need to subscribe to Power BI Pro at $9.99 a month to fully utilize the service.
Is Power BI available for Mac?
There isn’t a Power BI Mac version that users can utilize on Apple desktops and laptops. So, users cannot download BI for Mac platforms. Users have requested on the Power BI forum that Microsoft release a BI application install for Mac. A Power BI program manager responded as follows:
We are not considering bringing Power BI Desktop to Mac anytime soon; however, we do plan to bring more and more authoring capabilities from Power BI Desktop into the web experience. In the meantime, consider running Power BI Desktop in an application like Parallels or Turbo.net.
Thus, some users utilize Parallels virtualization software to run Power BI on Mac. Alternatively, users can install Windows platforms on MacBooks and iMacs released more recently than 2012 with the Boot Camp Assistant. To do that, users will need to download a 64-bit Windows 10 ISO to Apple Mac.
Then users can set up a Windows 10 boot disk on a 16 GB USB storage drive with Boot Camp. For further details on how to install Windows 10 on Mac, check out the article below.
However, Power BI is available for Apple’s mobile devices. Apple iPhone and iPad users can utilize the Power BI app on their mobiles and tablets. Users can download that app from its App Store page.
Power BI can be an invaluable utility for displaying and sharing data. So, it’s a little surprising that Microsoft is seemingly not considering releasing BI for Apple Macs. Nevertheless, Apple users who really need BI can still add Windows to their MacBooks or utilize the software.
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