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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!
ExcelJvD supported this idea ·JvD commented
Got Office365 to replace Excel 2010, and much to my surprise I can no longer use PowerPivot. Worth noting that PowerPivot was a free add-in for Excel 2010.
For an average person it is virtually impossible to understand what the differences are between the different versions of Excel. Objectively viewed, it is as clear as mud.
Incredibly poor strategy from Microsoft, making it very hard for someone like me to embrace new technologies.
In order to get into the same position that I was when I had Office 2010, it seems that I now have to buy a stand-alone Excel 2016 (in addition to the Office 365 subscription that I am paying for on an annual basis), or subscribe to a complete Business subscription incorporating numerous features I have absolute no use for. An add-in that used to be free is therefore the equivalent of a new Excel license. It does not take a genius to figure out that it does not add up.
I am definitely not alone in having this view. Bitterly disappointed in the lack of transparency around the whole PowerPivot issue. Are you actively trying to get people to embrace the concept or you trying to make it difficult for them? If you want people to use it, make it freely available, as it used to be, or provide it at a reasonable charge as an option. To avoid any misunderstandings, a reasonable charge does not mean the cost of a new Excel license.