A brief history of Power BI | Intellipaat

At Microsoft, where the idea for Power BI first materialized in 2006, Amir Netz oversaw the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Team. Then, the “Gemini” project took advantage of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) advantages and made them available as an in-memory engine. Project “Gemini” was later renamed “Power Pivot” in 2009.

In 2012, Microsoft added “Power View” as a feature to SharePoint in an effort to counter Tableau’s impressive visualization capabilities at the time. Beginning in 2013, Microsoft released “Data Explorer,” but like Power Pivot, it was initially exclusively a Microsoft Excel add-in. But the core idea of Power BI wasn’t all that new.

Microsoft did create and enhance Data Explorer’s functionality to make it easier to get data and incorporate it into Power Pivot. It was renamed as “Power Query” before the end of 2013, and we are all too familiar with it now. Power Query was initially only accessible as an add-in for Excel, similar to Power Pivot.

In order to ensure that reports created could be swiftly distributed and stored in a central repository accessible to everyone with access, Microsoft announced the brand-new “Power BI Service” in January 2015, which could be accessed at PowerBI.com. With this announcement in January 2015, the word “Power BI” gained momentum and acceptance as a tool moniker. Initially, the term was only used to describe the complexity of the Power Pivot/SharePoint system in use at the time.

Power BI was first introduced in January 2015 and remained in preview mode until July 2015, when it became completely free for everyone. So even though the Power BI story started in the middle of the 2000s, it wasn’t until 2015 and beyond that, it really took off and became extensively used.

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