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UPDATE: What Downgrade Rights are included in my Action Pack Subscription?

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UPDATE: What Downgrade Rights are included in my Action Pack Subscription?

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During yesterday’s “Understanding the latest MAPS Updates,” Live Meeting session, I shared a couple of visual examples of how previous version rights work in the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription based on some revisions that have taken place.  Here is what the policy is:

 

Action Pack does not have downgrade rights.  (If you want to learn more about Downgrade Rights, you can attend my “Introduction to Open License for Partners” Live Meeting session on February 21st.)  The updated Action Pack policy states that as long as you continue to keep your Action Pack subscription current, you can use prior versions of the software that you have received through Action Pack in the past.  If you did not receive the prior versions in your Action Pack in the past, you cannot use those versions.  

 

Example #1: Continuously renewed subscription

 

 MAPS Prior1 (Click image for full view)

 

In this example, it shows you started your Action Pack Subscription in 2006.  Then in 2007 and 2008, you renewed your Action Pack Subscription both times so that your subscription did not expire during this 3-year period.  You have received your various software versions throughout your subscription time.  As such, you are entitled to use the prior versions you received instead of the current versions if you wish.  So for instance, you could use Office 2003 instead of Office 2007 since you would have received that during your 2006 subscription.  You still only have the same number of licenses that are included in Action Pack (i.e. 10 for Office), they do NOT add up over time (10 + 10 + 10)

 

Example #2: Lapsed subscription

 

 MAPS Prior 2 (Click image for full view)

 

In this example, it shows you started your Action Pack Subscription in 2006.  Then in 2007 you chose not to renew your subscription.  In 2008, you re-subscribe to the Action Pack Subscription (start new subscription) so your subscription did expire during this 3-year period.  You have received your various software versions throughout your subscription time; however, you are only entitled to use the prior versions you received since your last expiration.  So for instance, you could not use Office 2003 instead of Office 2007 since you would have received the 2007 version in your latest kit and the 2003 version was received prior to you letting your subscription lapse.  Once your subscription to Microsoft Action Pack expires, you must uninstall the software and destroy your media.  You would receive new media once you rejoin Action Pack with your new subscription.

 

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

 

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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  • I thought that I understood the changes, but now you seem to have confused me again.

    You previously stated that once you received updates via the Action Pack and after your next renewal date you had to upgrade to the latest software in the MAP.

    What you seem to be saying above is that is now not the case.

    Please would you confirm. Thanks

  • Since my Do I have Downgrade Rights for my software that comes in Action Pack? post last week, there

  • This is a question that has been floating around a few of the online groups lately, so I thought I would

  • @ Richard Cass

    The information posted above is the updated policy.  Originally, the policy was as stated in my earlier posts; however, we have redefined the policy based on input and feedback from our Partners as to what would be most helpful for them.  I have updated the previous posts to direct people to this one for the correct position.

    Eric

  • if you had a subscription in 2006 failed to renew in 07 and joined again in 08, it wouldnt be reenrolling it would be a brand new subscription hence the uninstallation and not bieng able to use the previous software

  • Can somebody explain me what clause of what agreement forbid downgrade rights for software included in MAPS?

    I several times examined “Microsoft Action Pack Subscription: Initiative Addendum” - (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/program/managemembership/actionpack/40011429);

    “Microsoft Action Pack Subscription: Details, Licensing, and Eligibility” - (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/program/managemembership/actionpack/mapslicensing);

    “Microsoft Action Pack Subscription: Standard Contents” - (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/program/managemembership/actionpack/40013779);

    “Microsoft Select License, Open License, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) License, and Full-Packaged Product (FPP) License Downgrade Rights” –

    (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4F4B3CFD-7F4E-46CB-8117-8275F7683D3F&displaylang=en)

    But nowhere had I found clause that interdict me to use downgrade possibility. What did I miss?

  • Most of you should have gotten your January Update to the Action Pack by now. If you have not received...

  • @ Pavel - Licenses don't list all of the things you CAN'T do with the software, they tell you all of the things you CAN do with the software.  Nowhere in your agreements/licenses will you see the statement that you have the rights to install or use a prior version of the software instead of the version you have a license for.  As such, you do not have Downgrade Rights.

  • As you may know, there has been a time or two where a question about the Microsoft Action Pack has arisen

  • Downgrade Rights grant the right to use a prior version of Microsoft® software instead of the version

  • Downgrade Rights grant the right to use a prior version of Microsoft® software instead of the

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