Power Pivot vs. Power BI: What is the difference? (2023)
Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.
Before Power BI came into being, Power Pivot was already with Excel since 2008.
Before Excel 2016, users had to download Power Pivot separately. But recent versions of Excel already include the Power Pivot add-in.
But with Power BI, do you still need the Power Pivot add-in in Excel?
In this article, we’ll establish the relationship between Power Pivot and Power BI. We’ll answer questions like:
- What’s the difference between the two?
- Which one should you use?
*This tutorial is for Power BI Online (also called "Power BI Service").