Video Podcaster Mr. Excel reports today that our friends at Microsoft have hard for small and mid-sized businesses to buy perpetual licenses for Office 2013 and get four data manipulation tools in Excel 2013. The four tools (PowerPivot, PowerView, GeoView, and Inquire) are not available in current retail, home, or OEM versions of the product. Microsoft requires users to either (1) have a Mid-sized business Office 365 plan (E3 or E4) or (2) purchase the software through a volume licensing plan to get these four features. The problem here is that you may not need five licenses, and may have to buy something you don’t need to get to five units.
Jelen shows a cool workaround for the MS Volume Licensing requirement that you purchase five units at time in his video podcast. Some believe that you have to buy five copies of Office 2013 Pro Plus (e.g. five of the same item) for $2K just to get PowerPivot. The actual rule on buying through volume licensing is that you have to buy a total of five units of items which are on the list of Volume Licensing Products. One cheap item on the list which you can buy to fill out your cart with is the Windows Vista DVD Playback tool ($9). This means that if you need three copies of Office 2013 Professional Plus ($399/ea), you can buy the needed Office licenses, stack on two licenses for the Windows Vista DVD Playback Tool for $9/ea, and you’re out the door with the three licenses for $405 each ($399 for the three licenses of Office 2013 Pro Plus, plus 1/3 of the $18 extra you had to buy in Vista DVD Playback Tools to get to a total of five items.)
Bill Jelen’s blog post and the video of this is at http://learnmrexcel.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/learn-excel-2013-how-to-buy-powerpivot-2013-podcast-1649/
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