So the much anticipated release of ACT! is now available. First, WHY do I call this "much anticipated"?
1. While I do not beta test, I do get early releases and I have access to information that is not available to everyone.
* I have been using version 16, and I like it! I love, Love, LOVE the new Calculated Fields feature.
* I have monitored the message boards (and beta testers' notes) and I have read the release notes. Based on available info from those who have been using it longest, this appears to be one of the most solid ACT! releases in quite some time.
* Since Sage did a release every year about this time and both Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 are NOT supported by prior version of ACT! (with the exception of ACT! 2013 SP1), some users have been "in limbo" or without Outlook integration. If you have been in that limbo, your wait can end.
* Notice that we are back to a version number, and NOT a year in the name. Since Swiftpage does NOT plan to do an annual release, they will stream updates direct (to users with Business Care), and I suspect that they won't rush to release new versions with "not ready for prime time" features.
2. This is the first release with the new ownership entity, Swiftpage, so "everybody is watching". I admit: I was optimistic and excited about the new ownership entity. Swiftpage was an ACT! "feature", and I liked it then. Now as they move forward and I see more, I feel that as Aristotle said (probably about something completely different), "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
That's all great, but if you read or scanned this far, let's get to what's really important; YOU! And WHY should YOU consider upgrading?
Maybe you took a minute to review the New Features someplace. Maybe not. Maybe it was more like Ron would say, "I hear you, but what I hear is blah, blah, blah..."
If that's the case, I'll wrap it up with these words:
I have used ACT! since the late 1980's, and THIS is the most useful new feature I can remember. And it's easy to use: You simply select the Field Type as Calculated, click on your selections, and it's done!
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