Power BI 2.0, Part 4: More on Mobile Apps

Patrick Guimonet

by Patrick Guimonet on 9/2/2015

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Android, iPad, iPhone, mobile, Office 365, Power BI 2.0, Windows 8

As the architecture detailed in the second post of this series shows it, the mobile apps that allow one to access Power BI anywhere, on any device, at any time are the fundamental target of the architecture.

Because of Microsoft efforts here, you can consume Power BI visualization from several apps. However, they are not equal! Here is a quick summary of the different capabilities of each.

Power BI 2.0 apps chart

In the sections below, I provide screenshots that show details of these apps. I didn’t write a lot of narrative about these because the point was to let you see their capabilities.

The Windows 8 app

Power BI 2.0 Windows 8 app
Power BI 2.0 Windows 8 app Power BI 2.0 settings

Here are the tools to annotate and comment a tile:

Power BI 2.0 annotate Windows 8 Power BI 2.0 app annotate Windows 8 Power BI 2.0 app annotate Windows 8


The iPad app

The iPad app has the same set of features as the Windows 8 app plus the capability to select a tile as a favorite and to add it a customized favorites dashboard.

Power BI 2.0 iPad app Power BI 2.0 iPad app

The other features are very similar to the Windows 8 ones:

with the following tools :

Power BI 2.0 iPad app annotate

The iPhone app

With iPhone app you will not have the ability to annotate dashboards, nor to access reports. However you can define alerts on card tiles:

Power BI 2.0 iPhone alert Power BI 2.0 iPhone app set data rules

For the other features, it’s very similar to iPad version:

Power BI 2.0 iPhone app different views

The Android phone app

Please note that at this time there is no Android tablets support (and even Galaxy S3 is not supported):

Power BI 2.0 Android app

Features set is identical to the iPhone version, and except a little bug which doesn’t allow you to scroll on the right of the screen, it’s very similar.

Power BI 2.0 Android app

To conclude all these features are compared to the browser version:

Power BI 2.0 browser

You can find Patrick's other articles in this series on [ #Office365] Power BI 2.0:

  1. The big picture
  2. Architectural aspects
  3. More on data sources
  4. More on Power BI mobile apps (this original article)
  5. The gateways

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