June 26, 2012

Delphi Supported Versions List

From time to time people ask whether their version of Delphi is still supported. You can find the list of officially supported versions at: http://support.embarcadero.com/article/37740

This is also good information to refer to if you need help justifying an upgrade to a newer version. For example, a customer on Delphi 5 recently asked if we plan to update Delphi 5 for Windows 7 development. When you look at the chart below, you can see that there won't be further updates to that version and that upgrading to Delphi XE2 (which also gives access to select earlier versions back to Delphi 7)  is the way to go for the best Windows 7 support.

I'll paste in the Delphi section of the supported versions list as of today (June 2012) but you should visit the link above to see the latest version in the future.

Product
Active
Passive
De-Supported
Delphi XE2
September 2011


Delphi XE
September 2010


Delphi 2010
August 2009
May 2011

Delphi 2009
September 2008
September 2009
May 2011
Delphi 2007
March 2007
December 2008

Delphi 2006
December 2005
April 2008
August 2009
Delphi 2005
October 2004
January 2006
December 2008
Delphi 8 for Microsoft .NET
December 2003
December 2005
December 2008
Delphi 7
August 2002
December 2005
December 2008
Delphi 6 and Earlier

August 2002
August 2003

There's also a link at the top of that page to definitions that describe each support phase. Here's a copy of that info:

Lifecycle Periods are defined as follows:

Active Support
  • Technical Support will open cases and assist customers with issues
  • Version is eligible for Hotfixes, Patches, and Service Packs
  • Active Support will generally be provided for at least one Version within a Major Release Family.
Passive Support
  • Technical Support will open cases and assist customers with issues
  • Version is NOT eligible for Hotfixes, Patches, and Service Packs
  • To receive corrections to Software Failures, customers must upgrade to another Version, within the same Major Release Family, that is under Active Support
De-supported
  • Technical Support will open cases, but may not be able to assist customers with issues that are specific to the de-supported version

When the descriptions above say that a version is no longer eligible for hotfixes, patches and service packs, it means there won't be further updates on that version of the product. Any hotfixes or updates that have already been published still remain available from our web site. 

For more information on the latest version of Delphi and more reasons to upgrade, click here.

June 20, 2012

RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder Offers Ending June 29, 2012

Embarcadero has several special offers going on right now and ending June 29, 2012. Here's a chart created for our sales team that shows the different options available depending on what a person currently owns. As you can see, there is a great deal available for almost everyone and you can use this info to help you choose.

Here are the special offers ending June 29th


Here's the chart to help you choose the best offer based on what you currently have
(Note: All prices mentioned here are US prices. Similar international prices are available)

Users of…


Special Offers
Product
Version
Edition

Delphi
XE2
Pro
·         Client /Server or Enterprise Upgrade Packs from $399 to add client/server or multi-tier database access and DataSnap to your Delphi Pro edition
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99 then add a RAD Studio Client/Server or Enterprise Upgrade Pack from $499
Ent
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Ult
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Arch
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Older

Pro
·         Buy/Upgrade to Delphi XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Ent
·         Buy/Upgrade to Delphi XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Arch
·         Buy/Upgrade to Delphi XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
C++Builder
XE2
Pro
·         Client /Server or Enterprise Upgrade Packs from $399 to add client/server or multi-tier database access and DataSnap to your C++Builder Pro edition
·         Move up to RAD Studio for $99 then add a RAD Studio Client/Server or Enterprise Upgrade Pack from $499
Ent
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Ult
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Arch
·         Move up to RAD Studio XE2 for $99
Older

Pro
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2 with maintenance and save 20% off your C++Builder license plus get early preview access to the upcoming version
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Ent
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2 with maintenance and save 20% off your C++Builder license plus get early preview access to the upcoming version
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Arch
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2 with maintenance and save 20% off your C++Builder license plus get early preview access to the upcoming version
·         Buy/Upgrade to C++Builder XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free
RAD Studio
XE2
Pro
·         Client /Server or Enterprise Upgrade Packs from $499 to add client/server or multi-tier database access and DataSnap to your Pro edition
Older

Pro
·         Get RAD Studio XE2 at the Delphi price when you buy/upgrade to Delphi XE2 and get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Ent
·         Get RAD Studio XE2 at the Delphi price when you buy/upgrade to Delphi XE2 and get RAD Studio XE2 Free
Arch
·         Get RAD Studio XE2 at the Delphi price when you buy/upgrade to Delphi XE2 and get RAD Studio XE2 Free
New Users


·         Get RAD Studio XE2 at the Delphi/C++Builder price when you buy/upgrade to Delphi XE2 and get RAD Studio XE2 Free
·         Buy C++Builder XE2 with maintenance and save 20% off your C++Builder license plus get early preview access to the upcoming version


June 19, 2012

Are you developing 64-bit Delphi applications yet?

A conversation came up yesterday that some people might still not understand the opportunity and benefits of creating 64-bit applications with Delphi XE2. Or that they may not even be aware that 64-bit Windows app development is even possible with Delphi XE2. So here's some info to further help explain as well as links to some of the resources and information that are available, just in case you haven't seen them.

Why do I want to create 64-bit Delphi applications?

If the answer isn't "because my customers or users are already demanding it", I think this info from our 64-bit Development Solutions page sums up the opportunities pretty well. Whether you're developing software to sell as an ISV or developing software for your own company or enterprise, there are many reasons to move to 64-bit.

ISVENTERPRISE
Sell more software and provide more flexibility for your customersSupport the growing 64-bit upgrade initiatives 
Accelerate upgrades of your softwareCreate more powerful enterprise level applications
Stay competitive in the industry and beat the competitionBuild applications that allow users to fully leverage the power and capabilities of 64-bit machines

Where can I learn more about the benefits of creating 64-bit Windows apps and how to do it with Delphi?



You can also watch this webinar on demand to learn more about 64-bit development with Delphi XE2 and see how easy it is.


If you're not on Delphi XE2 and not doing 64-bit development yet, you're potentially missing out on a big opportunity. There are special offers going on now so why not make the move to Delphi XE2, or download a trial and get started with 64-bit development with Delphi.

June 5, 2012

Getting Started with FireMonkey e-Learning Lesson 1 Open Access

For the next week, we're giving open access to the Getting Started with FireMonkey - Windows and Mac Development e-Learning Series Lesson 1.

You can sign up for the complete series for free and attend the live sessions each week (with a chance to ask David I all of your FireMonkey questions) plus watch all of the videos on demand (Delphi and C++ versions) and download the free companion study guides, Just go to embt.co/FireMonkeyGettingStarted and fill out the registration form for access.

Here's the first lesson video:


The FireMonkey e-Learning Series runs weekly through the end of June.

June 1, 2012

Buy Delphi XE2 or C++Builder XE2, get RAD Studio XE2 Free

Embarcadero's special offer on RAD Studio XE2 has been modified for the month of June.

Now if you buy or upgrade to Delphi XE2 or C++Builder XE2 by June 29th, you can get RAD Studio XE2 free.


If you haven't yet upgraded to Delphi XE2 or C++Builder XE2, now is a great time to do it because you can essentially get four tools for the price of one. This offer is good for purchases between June 1 and June 29, 2012 and you have to register your XE2 product and get your free copy of RAD Studio within two weeks of the end of the promo.

If you purchased Delphi XE2 or C++Builder XE2 any time prior to June 1, you can still move up to RAD Studio XE2 for just $99 until June 29th.

Learn more about the offers here