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Make Power Pivot available in all versions of Excel

Previous title: "Make the Power BI Family - PowerPIvot + PowerQuery + PowerView and PowerMap available in all versions of Excel".

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    Sameer Bhide shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  AdminExcel Team [MSFT] (Admin, Office.com) responded  · 

    Hi all,

    I’m happy to announce that your input has had another direct impact on the product. In this case, a decision has been made to have Power Pivot be available in all Windows editions (“SKUs”) of Excel! This means the Business, Home, Standard, etc.. all of these will have Power Pivot. As your comments have indicated, Power Pivot has moved from targeting a specialized audience to generally useful capability for working with data in spreadsheets. As such, it makes sense to make this as broadly available as possible.

    We have started rolling this change out with the April Current Channel updates (Builds 9330 and beyond). I’m also happy to announce that these SKU changes will be reflected on the upcoming 2019 version as well.

    Thank you for pushing for this!

    Ashvini Sharma
    PM Manager
    Excel

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      • Graham Coles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        After three hours of valiant effort, MS Tech Support just managed to downgrade me from Office 365 home and resurrect my 2013 Office Home installation and my Excel 2013 stand-alone version purchased solely to use Power Pivot back then. Fortunate that I purchased everything legitimately and online. Thank-you Tech Support, the problem does not lie with you!

        I have just completed a project with a major US Multinational which allowed me to introduce PP to an international team of users who had never heard of the product. It was life-changing for many of these career Excel users who were buried in @Vlookups and @SumIfs, and could not begin to imagine that spreadsheets could handle multiple millions of rows of data in mere seconds.

        The sad part was that no one had time to learn anything new as the company was totally lost in maintaining broken models and manually moving data from model to model. They didn't need Excel 2016, they didn't even need Excel 2010 as the skill levels were that low.

        Dear Microsoft - we all want you to succeed with Power Pivot - but how will anyone learn this if in the office there is no time and at home or university there is no access? Isn't that at the core of why this product has failed to take off since the intro in 2010? Isn't that why you, sadly, can hardly even give it away in the form of Power BI Desktop?

        I'm a believer. I've been in spreadsheets and macros for over 30 years - yes even Lotus 123 and the short-lived Lotus 123 R3. I have never seen anything which comes close to this functionality in the way it delivers on the promise of self-service BI, but unless you change the thinking in Marketing it will continue to fail. Please dont let it fail.

        Come June 2018, I will dutifully line up with the millions to buy Excel 2019. Apparently I will also be buying Office 2019 Home as rumours have it that it will again only be possible to install a stand alone Excel 2019 on top of the Office 2019 Home release. I don't like it, I think you can do better, I think you have to do better for current and future users of Office. I know - I can buy the Office 365 ProPlus, but this is a very expensive option as a learning platform or for my daughter to use for her primary school homework. I would love to continue my subscription to Office 365 Home, but it is becoming ever harder to justify the 'convenience' of this platform.

        Like the banks in 2008... Office is too big to fail...or is it?

      • Carrie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am looking into other versions of spreadsheets and not renewing my subscription. Feeling so ripped off!

      • Carrie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No Power Pivot in 365 Home? Not cool MS. Not cool. I'm not going to pay extra for the upgrade, BUT I just might learn to settle for Apple's Numbers or Google's sheets. At least they're free! You know, consumers get awfully tired of feeling ripped off.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am really angry that the features I need to learn to hold a job are not available with my version of Excel. Powerpivot, PowerQuery are much needed tools. I cannot afford to buy another version of Excel exclusively. You all should be ashamed of yourselves

      • Helio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very disappointing - why on earth would you remove the power of PowerPivot from an updated version of Excel??

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really having second thoughts about renewing my Office 365 subscription. What is the point if we do not even have features already present in previous versions!!

      • D Flowers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Access was completely dumped from Office 2016/365. That was bad enough. Now we want to cripple Excel by removing PowerPivot. I really don't understand the logic. We have subscribed Office starting with the 2013 version. It had everything we needed. Now, with 2016/365 MS starts taking things away. We had to purchase standalone copies of Access. I guess we will have to do the same with Excel. Very misleading when we are told that we purchased a "full featured" product.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very disappointing - why on earth would you remove the power of PowerPivot from an updated version of Excel??

      • Kathryn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could you include PowerPivot and analytics features with all subscriptions and products that include Excel? It's incredibly frustrating to suddenly realize you don't have the right version when you had no idea there would be a difference between Excel for ProPlus and Excel for Business Premium. I've now wasted about 2 hours of time (both mine and various support personnel), and even customer support didn't understand - they kept telling me I needed Excel 2016. Umm.. I have that. Just not the right one, apparently. Is restricting this add-in really benefiting the bottom line enough to justify the confusion?

      • Alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The MS Excel Team are doing another 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) over on reddit on the 18th Oct as announced in this reddit thread: https://redd.it/74ytcd

        maybe an opportunity to let your thoughts be known directly to the team - this thread seems to be being ignored

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can´t even upgrade as far as I know. If you have bought you license from Microsoft you can reverse it within 30 days. I bought my Office 365 license (Yes, of course believing I bought a "full version...(I even checked with their support) " from another source, and I they do not refund a penny. I have truly fought for it, no luck. "Contact Microsoft". Microsoft: Contact you re-seller.

        I am as disappointed as everyone else on this thread and all the rest out there. Furhter, it takes time and effort to figure out that excel is no longer complete. Shape up Microsoft and change this!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can't even figure out where to upgrade and how much it will cost! Very disappointed!

      • Gary Kane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        However I purchase Excel, all components should be included, unless I am knowingly acquiring a ‘lite’ version.

      • MCY commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a user below me said, don't get greedy as the next generation may not consider Excel after growing up with Google Sheets. Give users more than than need, not less, or you might find yourself the 21st Century version of LOTUS 1-2-3 ....... they too thought they were indispensable .......

      • rocks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Deceptive having these elements missing from 365 Excel and an obfuscated view of what versions contain. Very frustrating. Now to revert to my old 2010 version ...

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