Update Oct 11, 2013:  I’ve been given the “all clear” by Microsoft and from readers that as of this week, Excel 2013 Standalone DOES include and successfully install Power Pivot!

See this post for details.


…and there was much rejoicing

Well folks the wait is over.  Microsoft now offers a way for us to get Power Pivot at home in 2013!

It’s not quite “free” like it used to be (and still is) in 2010, but it’s not super expensive either, and the mere fact that we CAN buy it through retail channels is a big deal.  All in all, I call this a Good Thing.  It is most welcome.

All you need is love.  Oh, and Excel Standalone.

So, if you have Office 2013 already installed and you want to add Power Pivot, you just buy Excel Standalone and install THAT over the top, and you get Power Pivot and Power View.

If you have don’t have 2013 installed and have no desire to get all of the other apps, hey, you can just get Excel Standalone and forgo the rest I guess Winking smile

Power Pivot Inside:  A 2013 Option At Last             Power Pivot Inside:  A 2013 Option At Last

Amazon Purchasing Options:  $99 Download (Left), $79 “Non-Commercial” Version (Right)
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HOLD OFF UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10th – see the update at the top of this post

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“Non-Commercial” Version?

Yeah what the heck IS that?  From a trusted Microsoft source, we have this definition:


“The [non-commercial] edition of Excel Standalone may not be used for commercial, non-profit or revenue generating activities, thus the price difference.”

Hrm.  So…  purely recreational purposes then?  Power Pivot IS fun for sure, but…  puzzling.

Almost sounds to me like a “wink wink, go ahead and buy the $79 version if you are an individual.  But if you’re an organization buying this version for everyone, we’re gonna bust your ass.”

I’m sure I am mistaken about that.  Come to your own conclusions and then buy the one that makes the most sense for you.

So…  what happened?  Why did they change their minds?


“Perhaps it’s time to re-institute an old custom – Prima Standa?”

The last time Microsoft did this whole “take some features out of certain versions” thing (in Office 2003), those “targeted for high-end SKUs” features WERE included in the Standalone products.

So it’s not clear to me – at all – that they intended to do things differently in 2013.  It may have in fact been an oversight, and Power Pivot was supposed to be in Standalone all along – sounds impossible but trust me, the Standalone SKU’s get very little attention.  The revenue from the Standalone products rounds to zero.

So in some sense, they may have just corrected an honest oversight.

But doing anything like this, after the fact, takes a tremendous amount of energy.

So no matter what, I think we can be quite certain that public reaction drove this change.  It’s nice that they listened.

Take a bow, everyone.  Now we just need them to put measure/calc field editing back in the field list where it belongs.