Comparison of Microsoft Analytics Tools Guide

May 18, 2020

Microsoft Power BI

Functionality Comparison Chart of 44 Tools

Microsoft has a dizzying array of relevant, high-impact analytics products. SQL Server, Excel, Access, SharePoint, Power BI Desktop Power BI Premium, Report Server, Visual Studio, Azure…the list of their BI tools goes on.

If you find it confusing to navigate the choice of Microsoft business analytics components and consumption models, you’re not alone. To cut through the confusion, we created a comprehensive comparison chart of Microsoft BI tools that helps quickly determine the right tool for the job. The easy–to-read, matrixed layout overlays columns of analytics functionality with rows of Microsoft offerings.


Download the Microsoft BI Tools Comparison Guide.

Yes, there is a lot to keep track of and choose from with Microsoft. Those who keep their eye on the prize, which is enduring competitive advantage through data, agree that having so many options is a very nice problem to have. So, thank you, Microsoft!


  • Access
  • Analytics Services
  • Azure DevOps Server/TFS
  • Azure DevOps Service/VSTS
  • Azure Data Studio
  • Chatbots
  • Common Data Service
  • Cosmos DB
  • Database Engine
  • Data Catalog
  • Data Factory
  • Data Quality Services
  • DevOps
  • Excel
  • Functions
  • HDInsight
  • Integration Services
  • Machine Learning Services
  • Master Data Services
  • Microsoft Office
  • OneDrive
  • Polybase
  • Power BI Desktop
  • Power BI Premium
  • Power BI Report Server
  • Power BI Service
  • Power Automate
  • Power Apps
  • Power Pivot
  • Power Platform
  • Power Query
  • Reporting Services
  • Report Builder
  • Report Server
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • SQL Server Data Tools
  • Storage
  • Stream Analytics
  • Synapse
  • Teams
  • Visual Studio


  • API Connectivity
  • Application Database
  • Cloud
  • Content Repository
  • Database Admin/Development
  • Data Preparation
  • Data Repository
  • DataMart/Data Warehouse
  • External Source Pushdown Processing
  • Interactive Visualizations
  • Low-Code/No-Code
  • Master Data Management
  • Mobile Application
  • Non-Windows O/S
  • Paginated Reports
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Report Development
  • Report Distribution
  • Self-Service Queries
  • Semantic Model
  • Semantic Model Development
  • Sharing & Collaboration
  • Ticket/Issue Management
  • Version Control
  • Web Portal
  • Workflow Management