Winding down availability for add-ins in earlier versions brings this add-in’s lifespan to a close. It sounds like customers were using this instead of upgrading to Excel 2007… which is still missing some of the features of the add-in.
”The Excel Add-in for SQL Server Analysis Services has been removed to avoid customer confusion about support for this component. As noted in the details that accompanied the release of this product, Microsoft does not provide any support for this add-in and has no plans to release future versions. Newer versions of Excel include most of the functionality that is provided by this add-in; these newer versions are supported according to the Microsoft Product Lifecycle.”
What is the go-to path for Excel 2003 customers? Upgrade. It is unfortunate that they removed access to this tool rather than “open-sourcing” it or sending it off into MS Research land.
How about removal from MS downloads and addition into CodePlex?
Same goes for tools like Proclarity. Leaving customers in the dark is not necessarily the correct approach.
Excel 2003 has ended mainstream support as of April 14, 2009.
Extended support ends January 14, 2014.