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It started 30 years ago
The company Conductor Software was founded 1986 in Dallas, Texas by Pat Sullivan and Mike Muhney. Its product, ACT!, was released in 1987. The original name for the software was “Activity Control Technology” then “Automated Contact Tracking” before finally just using the acronym.
The name of the company was changed to Contact Software International, and the company moved out of its original office in the “mustang building” in Las Colinas to a building off Freeport Parkway near DFW Airport. Beginning with the 2006 version, the name was revised to ACT! by Sage and later changed to Sage ACT!. In 2013, Swiftpage took ownership and re-branded it as Act! The current release is Act! v19. Development now happens in Scottsdale, Arizona, with regional offices in several countries.
Mike Muhney and Pat Sullivan founded Conductor Software in Carrollton, Texas and developed QuotePro in Lotus Symphony.
Randy Haben and John Maurer were brought onboard mid-year to begin development of a project codenamed YES!.
Prototypes were developed using an early release of Paradox along with dBASE and Clipper.
ACT! for DOS 1.0 (1 April) – previously codenamed “YES!” – a recursive acronym for “Yes, Everybody Sells!”.
Conductor Software renamed to Contact Software International
ACT! was rewritten from the ground up (for release in 1990). It was among the first wave of PC-based applications to be developed in C++.
ACT! for DOS 2.0 (August) – first version with network support
ACT! for Windows 2.0 – Added network support for the Windows product
Symantec purchased Contact Software International
ACT! for Apple Newton
ACT! for Lotus Notes – later sold to original developers, ErgoTech
Symantec adds support for ACT! in WinFax Pro
ACT! 4.0 – Added support for Windows 98 and Office 97
Symantec sold ACT! to SalesLogix (later Interact Commerce Corporation) – headed by Pat Sullivan, original co-founder of ACT!
ACT! 2000 (5.0) – Full Windows XP support added
Interact Commerce Purchased by Sage Group Plc (Best Software in North America at that time)
QuickBooks Link for ACT! – the first accounting link FOR ACT!. Developed by Terry McKiernan of PinPointTools
ACT! for Web 1.0 for ACT! 6.0 – originally by dbDynamics
ACT! by Sage 2005 (7.0) – Complete re-write with .Net 1.x and MS SQL 2000. Product split into Standard (up to 10 users), Premium Ex (SQL Express) and Premium ST (SQL Standard)
ACT! by Sage 2006 (8.0)
ACT! by Sage 2007 (9.0) – Changed to .Net 2.0 and MS SQL 2005
ACT! by Sage 2008 (10.0) – Vista and Office 2007 support. 10.02 added ability to add custom sub-tables via the SDK.
Launch of Community.act.com site (January) – Much improved communication between senior management and users
ACT! by Sage 2009 (11.1) – Added Relationship Tab.
Sage ACT! 2011 (13.0) – Changed to .Net 3.5.x SP 1 and MS SQL 2008 R2. Product split into Pro & Premium.
Sage ACT! 2012 (14.0) – Integrated with Google, plus included faster, more expansive search and a virtual notepad called Sage ACT! Scratchpad.
Sage ACT! 2013 (15.0) – Changed to .Net 4.0. HTML5 access for mobile devices. Integration of social media sites Facebook, LinkedIn. Improved smart tasks with better triggers and offline capability.
Sage announces sale of ACT! to Swiftpage (Feb 15)