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OK, the haze is clearing a bit.  The news is mostly good but this whole situation never should have existed anyway.

1) People outside the USA *are* succeeding with Excel 2013 Standalone – it IS giving them Power Pivot, although in some cases it is requiring a reinstall before it shows up.

2) Amazon USA won’t sell to non-US customers.  OK, no biggie, if you’re outside the USA, you can get it direct from MS (link below).

US Customers can get Excel 2013 (and therefore Power Pivot) Here

Non-US Customers can get Excel 2013 (and Power Pivot) Here

(Yeah that non-US link just goes to the MS Store homepage because every
direct link to the product was country-specific.  Super helpful huh?)

3) After a successful install, you probably still have to “enable” the Power Pivot addin.  Instructions below.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.  Step 1.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.
Step 1.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.  Steps 2-4.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.
Steps 2-4.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.  Steps 5-7.

After Installing Excel 2013 Standalone, You Still Have to Enable the Power Pivot Addin.
Steps 5-7.  Now You Should be Set.

Please report on your success stories and/or struggles in the comments.  Given what I’ve heard so far from readers, there should be a lot more success than failure.

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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