Until recently, the only way to install Power BI Desktop was to download and install the .exe installer from powerbi.com. Which was an easy way of a next – next – next setup approach. But: the user needed admin-rights to install and/or update Power BI Desktop.
Which should not pose a problem to most of the users but in some (bigger) companies admin-rights are not there for everybody. Together with the monthly update releases it was sometimes not easy to distribute the newest Power BI Desktop releases to all users in those companies.
At Ignite 2017, the Power BI team announced (together with other announcements) that Power BI Desktop is now available in the Windows 10 Store. Same binaries, same functionality – with one BIG advantage: no admin rights because the store itself handles the updates (in the background). In addition, there is also a save in download size because only those binaries that are changed get updated.
Question: How to install the Power BI Desktop Store App?
- Open the Windows 10 Store
- Search for “Power BI Desktop” (or use the direct link: http://aka.ms/pbidesktopstore)
- Install the App
Question: How about a Side-By-Side installation of the download-install-version and the Store App?
- Well, on my machine it works. And according to the answers following my twitter question also on others’ machines.
- As of today, the Store App and native application have the same binaries version. I will test it in the next month with an auto-update of the Store App versus a non updated native application.
Question: My start menu contains two “Power BI Desktop” links… Which one is the Store App? Which one the native application?
- When searching for “Power BI Desktop” in the Windows 10 start menu, you’ll get two entries: “Power BI Desktop” is the native application (also marked with Desktop app), whereas the Store App is named “Microsoft Power BI Desktop”
Question: What about the future: Will the native application be discontinued?
- Based on my current knowledge, both versions will continue to exist in the future.. no warranty whatever Microsoft decides in the future
Question: Are there any feature differences between the Store App and the native app?
- Both versions provide the same feature set. I will have to test i.e. specific connectors but basically, they are the same
Happy Power BI-ing,