Answered By: Steve Runge Last Updated: Apr 13, 2018 Views: 7
Tableau is a business intelligence and analytics solution that offers a range of integrated products to help you visualize and understand your data. There are 5 major products: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online, Tableau Reader and Tableau Public.
- Tableau Desktop is the developer tool, all development work is done on Tableau Desktop from creating reports, formatting and combining them together in a dashboard. Every student and faculty can request a free Tableau desktop license through Tableau Academic Program. It is also available for use in the Digital Studio.
- Tableau Server is a sharing tool which can be used to share and create visualizations for organizations. Users in the organization can view the visualizations from a web browser.
- Tableau Online is also a sharing tool which has the same functionality of Tableau Server but the different is that Tableau online server is hosted in Tableau Clouds.
- Tableau Reader is a free desktop application that enables users to open and view visualizations that are built in Tableau Desktop. But users can’t edit the dashboards in Tableau Readers.
- Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau Desktop with limited functionalities. Users can only save the visualizations in the Tableau Public site which can be viewed by anyone.