Compare Microsoft Power BI vs Tableau Desktop

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comparison of Microsoft Power BI vs. Tableau Desktop
based on data from user reviews. Microsoft Power BI rates 4.2/5 stars with 280 reviews. Tableau Desktop rates 4.4/5 stars with 664 reviews. Each product's score is calculated by real-time data from verified user reviews.

Pricing

 
POWER BI
FREE
Tableau Creator
$70
/ per user / per month / billed annually
 
POWER BI PRO
$9.99
per user
 
POWER BI PREMIUM
Capacity Pricing
per node
 
Free Trial Unavailable
Free Trial
Microsoft Power BI
POWER BI
FREE
POWER BI PRO
$9.99per user
POWER BI PREMIUM
Capacity Pricingper node
Free Trial Unavailable
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Creator
$70/ per user / per month / billed annually
Free Trial

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.5
8.7
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.9
8.0
Ease of Setup
Ease of Setup
8.2
8.2
Ease of Admin
Ease of Admin
8.0
8.0
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
7.9
8.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business With
8.1
8.4
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
8.7
8.6
Meets Requirements
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Ease of Use
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Ease of Setup
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Ease of Admin
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Quality of Support
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Product Direction (% positive)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.6

Features

Reports
Reports Interface
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Steps to Answer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Graphs and Charts
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Tableau Desktop
9.3
Score Cards
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Tableau Desktop
9.1
Analytics
Reports
Microsoft Power BI
9.3
Tableau Desktop
9.0
Descriptive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Diagnostic Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Artifical Intelligence
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Automation
Microsoft Power BI
9.2
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Collaborate
Scale
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Share
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Self Service
Calculated Fields
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Data Column Filtering
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Data Discovery
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Search
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Collaboration / Workflow
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Automodeling
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Advanced Analytics
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
6.8
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Data Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Tableau Desktop
9.3
Big Data Services
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Building Reports
Data Transformation
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Data Modeling
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Tableau Desktop
7.4
WYSIWYG Report Design
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Integration APIs
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Platform
Mobile User Support
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Customization
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.7
User, Role, and Access Management
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Internationalization
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Sandbox / Test Environments
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Performance and Reliability
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Breadth of Partner Applications
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Tableau Desktop
7.5

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
22.1%
16.5%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
39.1%
32.8%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
38.8%
50.7%
Microsoft Power BI
Small-Business
22.1%
Mid-Market
39.1%
Enterprise
38.8%
Tableau Desktop
Small-Business
16.5%
Mid-Market
32.8%
Enterprise
50.7%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Information Technology and Services
11.9%
Information Technology and Services
11.3%
 
Computer Software
8.7%
Higher Education
9.0%
 
Hospital & Health Care
4.3%
Marketing and Advertising
6.1%
 
Financial Services
4.3%
Hospital & Health Care
5.5%
 
Marketing and Advertising
3.6%
Internet
4.7%
 
Other
67.1%
Other
63.5%
Microsoft Power BI
Information Technology and Services
11.9%
Computer Software
8.7%
Hospital & Health Care
4.3%
Financial Services
4.3%
Marketing and Advertising
3.6%
Other
67.1%
Tableau Desktop
Information Technology and Services
11.3%
Higher Education
9.0%
Marketing and Advertising
6.1%
Hospital & Health Care
5.5%
Internet
4.7%
Other
63.5%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
GM
Agency in Marketing and Advertising

Visualizations. They're absolutely fantastic. Importing data is incredibly easy and it's much more powerful than excel or many SQL based visualization tools.

Jeff B.
User in Retail

Tableau enables users the ability build data visualizations in the matter of minutes without requiring technical report development knowledge. In my opinion, the top 5 best qualities: 1. Drag and drop functionality is easy for any user to...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
Michael R.
Internal Consultant in Computer Software

As with any data visualization tool, the quality of data must be attended to prior to exposing it to Power BI. My data was in Excel - 1M rows, about 90 columns, obviously normalized. The data upload failed a couple of times (non-descriptive error was...

Kimiko T.
User in Real Estate

Needs an updated UI and better data connection process

 
Microsoft Power BI
Most Helpful Favorable Review
GM
Agency in Marketing and Advertising

Visualizations. They're absolutely fantastic. Importing data is incredibly easy and it's much more powerful than excel or many SQL based visualization tools.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Michael R.
Internal Consultant in Computer Software

As with any data visualization tool, the quality of data must be attended to prior to exposing it to Power BI. My data was in Excel - 1M rows, about 90 columns, obviously normalized. The data upload failed a couple of times (non-descriptive error was...

Tableau Desktop
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Jeff B.
User in Retail

Tableau enables users the ability build data visualizations in the matter of minutes without requiring technical report development knowledge. In my opinion, the top 5 best qualities: 1. Drag and drop functionality is easy for any user to...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Kimiko T.
User in Real Estate

Needs an updated UI and better data connection process

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