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Power BI license for viewing embedded reports in Business Central

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I've been looking into embedding a Power BI report into Business Central. I understand that in order to create a report and publish it to a workspace you need (at least) a Power BI Pro license. This makes sense. 

However, it is unclear if the user that is only viewing the embedded report in BC also needs a PRO license in order to see it. I know this is the case with Dynamics 365, but so far I haven't been able to find a straight answer to this question anywhere. 

So, to reiterate: the end user is only viewing the embedded report in BC, not creating his own reports or sharing it with other end users. In that case, will a Power BI FREE license suffice? Or do they still need a Power BI PRO license?

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    RE: Power BI license for viewing embedded reports in Business Central

    Hi,

    The standard free PBI license available with Business Central allows:

    • Non-shared reports
    • Simple report refreshing with limits.

    You need to purchase a Power BI PRO license to:

    • Share reports within the organization
    • Set up extensive refreshing
    • Install Power BI apps. 

    See also: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/admin/service-admin-licensing-organization

    Hope that helps!

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