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The Uniface Support Lifecycle (Last revised July 2017)
06 Jan 2016
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The Uniface product has three typical release types:

A “major release” or “version” like Uniface 9.

  • Major releases typically contain significant new functionality and require a migration process to convert applications from previous releases to the new release.

A “minor release” like Uniface 9.6 or 9.7.

  • Minor releases typically contain minor new functionality. A migration process may be required when moving to the next minor release. Minor releases typically have a release frequency of once a year.

A “maintenance release” like Uniface 9.6.05.

  • Maintenance releases typically include bug fixes and support for new platforms or databases and limited new, low risk functionality.
  • Releasing new functionality was new for Uniface 9.6, and continued for 2 years after the initial release. This will continue for Uniface 9.7, although the duration has not been determined. 

A migration process is normally not required when moving to the next maintenance release. Maintenance releases generally have a release frequency of three times per year.

All Uniface releases are defined as “a.b.0c” where:

a = major release or version number
b = minor release number
c = maintenance release number
Next to these releases, Uniface patches on maintenance releases are made available around every 2 weeks.

The last patch on a maintenance release is called a service pack.

The maintenance release plus the service pack becomes the next maintenance release: Maintenance release 9.6.07 + service pack MX07 = maintenance release 9.6.08.

The Uniface Support Lifecycle policy specifies for how long support will be available for a Uniface product. Uniface customers can use this information to track how long their version and release of Uniface will be supported. Using the information on this page, you will be able to effectively plan your migration to the next release, without any breaks in support.

Table showing the Uniface End of Support (EOS) and Planned EOS dates.  Planned dates are in parenthesis.      

Uniface minor release Release Date End of Support** End of extended Support^ Notes
Uniface 7.2 Dec 1997 Jan 2003    
Uniface 8.3 April 2003 April 2008    
Uniface 8.4 April 2004 Dec 2009    
Uniface 9.1 Dec 2006 May 2009    
Uniface 9.2 Nov 2007 Dec 2010    
Uniface 9.3 Nov 2008 Nov 2012 June 2013 Extended support was provided to enable customers to move to
Uniface 9.6
Uniface 9.4 March 2010 March 2013 June 2013 Extended support was provided to enable customers to move to
Uniface 9.6
Uniface 9.5 Nov 2011 June 2014    
Uniface 9.6 Dec 2012 March 2017 (Dec 2017) Extended support is provided to enable customers to move to
Uniface 10.3
Uniface 9.7 Oct 2015 (Dec 2019)    
Uniface 10.1 Web Edition April 2015 Dec 2016   replaced by Uniface 10.2 Enterprise Edition
Uniface 10.2 Enterprise Edition Sept 2016 (July 2017) (Dec 2017) will be replaced by Uniface 10.3, see footnote below.
Uniface 10.3 Enterprise Edition (Nov 2017)      
Uniface 10.x Community Edition (2018) (2019)   Planned for 2018

Planned/Tentative dates in parentheses

** End of support means:
1. No new fixes will be created and delivered anymore on the indicated release. Problems found on a release which is out of support will only be considered to be fixed on supported releases.
2. No new OS ports or DBMS drivers will be provided. Currency will only be maintained on supported releases.

*** If the table does not yet show a (tentative) date for the End of support of a release you can use the following model to determine the approximate date on which support will end.
– Minor releases are supported at least until 18 months after the subsequent minor release has been made available.
– The last minor release of a version is supported at least until 30 months after the subsequent version has been made available.

^ Extended Support

Extended support is usually provided to enable customers applications to remain supported while moving to a newer, fully supported release.

During the period of extended support, we will work with customers to find solutions to priority 1 issues that are impacting the operation of deployed applications that have been in production prior to the end of general support.

Uniface 9.6

Uniface 9.6 support has been communicated with an EOS of December 2017. This will comprise of 18 months regular support from the release of Uniface 9.7 which following our regular model above is to March 2017.  After March 2017, Uniface 9.6 will be in extended support up to to December 2017

Uniface 10.2

Once Uniface 10.3 is available, we plan to move Uniface 10.2 into extended support.  Any customers who are developing applications with Uniface 10.2 are advised to move to Uniface 10.3 at the earliest opportunity. If required, please contact us for assistance. 

 

Change history:

July 2017:

  • Changed comment about patch release frequency being around every 2 weeks rather than every month
  • Uniface 10.3 estimated dates changed from July 2017 to Nov 2017
  • Uniface Community Edition – estimated dates changed to 2018

March 2017:

  • Updated tense to reflect current status around Uniface 9.6 (now in extended support). 
  • Revised details of extended support to make it clearer and separate version specific details. 
  • Changed Uniface 10 details (no Mobile edition, Enterprise Edition is delivered, 10.3 planned)
  • Version history moved into a table. 

January 2016:

  • Typo with Uniface 9.7 mentioned rather than 9.6. (thanks Knut).

October 2015:

  • Uniface 9.7 added. 
  • Uniface 9.6 End of support updated
  • Uniface 10 Web Edition details updated
  • Text edits in enhance readability and to update example versions. 
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