Why is PowerPivot not in all Versions of Excel?

Not all versions of Excel are created equal. For Excel 2013 and Excel 2016, many common versions of the the Office suite do not support PowerPivot. The linked article clearly outlines the situation for Excel 2016 (thank you to PowerPivotPro and Rob Collie).

In my view this is a pointless attempt at supporting the deluxe versions of the Office suite. It is going to cause confusion when preparing for Excel PowerPivot courses, and also for small business users who may have Office 365 Business Premium via an Office 365 subscription.

PowerPivot is not just for big corporate users. I can see small and medium businesses who want to be competitive and responsive in the current economic climate finding these tools essential. It is also going to be a key addition to the range of courses I offer!

Like me they will end up either buying a stand alone Excel licence or (in Australia) navigating the Telstra/Microsoft labyrinth to see if they can upgrade a of subscription or two to the required level. I will probably have to get standalone licences as there appears from exploring Telstra’s online interface that there is no option to upgrade further on my current Office 365 level. As a very small business I also don’t enjoy buying additional licences that duplicate something I already pay for.

A frustrating and expensive situation that will impact on the take up of a very useful tool.

Your thoughts and comments welcomed

Steven