Microsoft has added R data visualizations to its Power BI data analysis cloud service — options which no longer require either knowledge of R or having R on a local system.
These new custom visualizations work in Power BI desktop as well as the cloud service (but the desktop software does require a local R installation, although not knowledge of R).
I, of course, find it difficult to imagine why you wouldn’t want to know R 🙂 . But, yes, I am aware that there are people out there who are interested in getting insights from data without learning a programming language like R or Python. Power BI is Microsoft’s entry into a market that also includes players like Tableau and Qlik. And as Microsoft has became increasingly interested in leveraging the power of R for its users, making R easier to use within its desktop business intelligence software makes sense (you can already run many types of R scripts within Power BI).