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