- April 7th, 2010
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Before I go on a rant I would like to point out what a joy PowerPivot is. I found it a marvellous feature of upcoming Microsoft products and the implications for the Business Intelligence community are huge. I had been using it consistently for a couple of months in my spare time, exploring its potential for my present employer after seeing it at the SQLBits V conference back in November. I had nothing but praise.
This morning I got back from my Easter break ready to do a demo to the company only to be greeted with an expiry message. This would not have annoyed me so much if:
- I had been informed PowerPivot will expire during the original installation.
- A warning was given that an expiry was looming.
- PowerPivot was not free.
- A replacement download or installation was available to keep it rolling.
On the MSDN forums the only solution appears to be disable the Windows Time service and then set your clock back before April 1st. This can cause issues in other applications though, so not viable if you are trying to perform a smooth demonstration.
Microsoft please remember to take your crazy pills. Seems a little insane to expire a FREE product, particuarly before the official release is available.