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“Danger, Will Robinson!”

I’m seeing this pop up a lot now, both in our hosting business and on forums.

If you have gone to PowerPivot.com lately and downloaded PowerPivot, you downloaded a beta (a release candidate) of PowerPivot v2, and probably didn’t know it.

That’s not a big deal except for:

  1. The release candidate likely isn’t as stable as the most up-to-date release of PowerPivot  v1
  2. Workbooks created in v2 CANNOT be opened by v1, and that includes v1 server!
  3. There is no way to “downgrade” a v2 workbook to v1, so if you want to use a v2 workbook on v1, you have to start over

So be careful – v2 is awesome but using it unknowingly may have side effects you didn’t expect, at least until v2 is official released and the rest of your organization upgrades.

I’ve notified MS of this problem but so far they haven’t fixed it.  Both v1 AND v2 should be available for download, with v1 the default, and both clearly marked.

If you want to download v1, here is the link:

V1 PowerPivot for Excel – Download Here

See Also

Downgrading from V2 to V1

Microsoft Fixes the Download Page…  Sorta

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

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