Got my January ActionPack Subscription

I came home this evening to find out that the January shipment of my Microsoft ActionPack Subscription arrived today.

Sweet!!

Sort of, anyway…

First the good news:
I got my Office 2007 licenses, or should I say, Microsoft Office System 2007.  It even came with SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007.

Now, for the not-quite-as-good news:
I did get Windows Vista in the subscription, but the subscription comes with Vista Business Edition (which, in retrospect, I should have anticipated).   What I really wanted was Vista Ultimate Edition.   More importantly, I wanted Ultimate Edition for the x64 platform, not the 32-bit edition.  It seems that all I get is the 32-bit Business upgrade.  Not hideous, mind you, but not quite what I had in mind.  And I was surprised that it didn’t come with the 64-bit version, at least, since XP Pro x64 was provided in an earlier ActionPack shipment.

Sigh…    I might just upgrade my desktop in-place (contrary to my general feeling about that activity) and see how it goes for a month or two, and then rebuild properly in full 64-bit mode.  I haven’t decided what I’ll do with the laptops as yet.

Finally, we come to the really disappointing news:
I truly expected to have a copy of Exchange Server 2007 in my January ActionPack subscription, but no such luck.  And just when I was about to get my Exchange Server finished so that I could migrate from 2003 to 2007.  Sad

As you can see, that throws off my planning just a wee bit. Still, all is not lost.  I’ll get it all resolved in a couple of weeks and might still manage to get it all implemented by the end of February. Right now, the schedule is pretty tight, though.

So, in the final verdict, I have to say that the ActionPack is well worth the investment, even with the current disappointment.  If you’re building systems and solutions for clients on a regular basis, then you’re hurting yourself if you haven’t checked out what the subscription has to offer your business…   There’s a whole lot of the Office 2007 product family in here.

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