Since my Do I have Downgrade Rights for my software that comes in Action Pack? post last week, there have been many comments posted and questions asked. First, thank you for the feedback and keep it coming. (You might want to also check out the “providing feedback tips” I included in my Microsoft Action Pack – Too much? Too little? post on the 14th) Second, there is one question that I seem to keep seeing in various online groups, email strings, etc. regarding the post that I did want to provide some clarity on.
The misperception I have seen is people interpreting my post to mean that once you receive your January Action Pack kit, you must uninstall your older versions and install only the latest ones you receive in your kit. That is NOT what my January 12th post says. Here is the paragraph from the January 12th post:
“So for all of you that received the Windows XP Professional licenses in your Action Pack, you still have the rights to use them throughout the term of your annual subscription. Remember that Action Pack is a subscription and you will need to renew that subscription annually. When your annual subscription ends, you no longer have the rights to run the software that you received in the expired kit. To continue to receive the software benefits included in Action Pack, you will need to renew your subscription for another year. When you do renew your subscription, you will be renewing for the current software that is included in the Action Pack (which no longer includes the previous Windows Desktop Operating Systems). At that point, you will no longer have licensing rights to Windows XP through your Action Pack subscription.”
So when you receive your January kit, you will have the Office 2007 and Windows Vista software included in it; however, you can continue to use the Windows XP and Office 2003 versions you received in earlier kits until your annual (12 month) Action Pack subscription is up. When this is depends on when you last renewed. Once your annual subscription is up, that is when you would be starting a new annual subscription period under the terms of the Action Pack program at that time. It would be at that time that you would not have Windows XP and Office 2003 included in your subscription since it would no longer be a part of Action Pack. So please do not misinterpret my post on January 12th to mean that once you receive your January kit, your Windows XP and Office 2003 licenses must be uninstalled. Hopefully this helps clarify the point above.
UPDATE: Please see the updated MAPS policy on previous version use rights that was announced in February.
Again, the feedback you have been providing on this topic is not falling on deaf ears and is very helpful for the conversations taking place internally here at Microsoft. Please keep providing your input and feedback as I know that I do want to hear it.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric LigmanMicrosoft US Senior ManagerSmall Business Community EngagementThis posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
I was going to get the MAPS, until I found that it is all Vista stuff. I don't want that, I want WinXP32 and 64. With 2003 server. Personally, I will not upgrade to vista. I will move to Linux completely first. Readhat and Novel are looking better every month with the way MS has been doing things.
Stop the presses. Can't everyone still have downgradable rights for a few measly months? My Action Pack just got here in December with XP in it -- after the release of Vista to volume licensees. Certainly I don't need to upgrade yet, but the folks that have been Action Packers for three years or so, why should they just because their subscription is getting renewed this quarter? Didn't they pay $900 for some credit? It's bad enough that we only got Vista Business Upgrade and not Ultimate*, and it's bad enough that it isn't a full version. Makes installs a bit of a pain sometimes.
We need time to evaluate and play the Vista v. XP game, after all, Vista will be here for its 8 year life cycle, just like Windows 2000 has been. It does take a little time, so just float all of that R&D money a little longer, can't you, Microsoft? Lots of people [in business] who didn't see the beta just need some time. There will be plenty of new PC sales, it's just the upgrade sales I guess Microsoft is worried about here. But why must the ones in the Partner Program get all of the HEAT about licenses expiring? We're supposed to be PARTNERship freinds, not competing pirates, right?
* (So much for upgrading a system that comes pre-installed with Vista Home, yuk... that will just laugh at our measly Vista Business Upgrade because it is worthless in that case. This situation will get big press, because of all of the OEM's that decided to ship Home versions for business computers. Fix: Send us Ultimate for 3Q07. Go to d#ll.com for small business and see what version of Vista seems to come preloaded.)
So much for trying Vista out on a single computer for a while, leaving XP on other ones for comparison. That would only make sense. Fix: Give us five licenses to XP and Office 2003 that would be grandfathered in until 1/31/2008.
Another issue is the 64-bit problem. Don't think we don't have customers who want to see 64-bit? Ridiculous. Fix: Send 64-bit Server and Vista by 3Q07. In fact, kill two birds with one DVD and send 64-bit Ultimate.
NOTE: There has been an update to the MAPS previous use rights that has been posted to our Blog on February 15th. The link to the post is included above.
As you may know, there has been a time or two where a question about the Microsoft Action Pack has arisen