Power Pivot and Power View 2013 Now Included with Excel 2013 Standalone Box Edition
Big breaking news today from Microsoft. You can finally buy Power Pivot 2013 in a box.
Starting today, if you purchase the full boxed edition of Excel 2013 (currently $98 at Amazon.com), the download will include Excel 2013, plus Power Pivot 2013 and Power View 2013. It will presumably include the rest of the Power BI stack once those get released. If you previously purchased the Excel 2013 boxed edition, at the next update of Office, you will get the full version.
Why is this big news? Since February 2013, there was no way to buy a boxed edition from a retailer that included Power Pivot. Everything you could buy at Amazon did not include Power Pivot. You either had to license Office 365 Pro Plus at $12 a month, or go through Volume Licensing (E3 or E4) package to get Power Pivot. This was incredibly frustrating, since Power Pivot is so powerful, particularly for people without big I.T. departments.
Note that as of today, none of the boxed editions of Office 2013 include Power Pivot. It is only the boxed edition of Excel. This is roughly symmetrical with Excel 2003, when the boxed edition of Excel 2003 included some high-end features that were not in Office 2003 Standard.
To purchase from Amazon.com, follow this link.
Update Aug 20, 2013: Microsoft confirmed that the $79 non-commercial version of Excel *does* include Power Pivot. This SKU is for home use.
For confirmation of this story, see this Microsoft blog post which was edited today to include Excel 2013 Stand-alone.