ANN: New subscription model and new customer area

September 6, 2015

We received some criticism for our old update policy (especially observing the very fast Embarcadero release cycle and our yearly updates).
Old update policy included free minor updates with same major version number until next major release was available. We offered only for VCL Complete packages subscription models.

Following changes will be introduced with 2016 licenses:

Each full- or update purchase includes now a one year subscription (free-of-charge)
This one-year subscription refers to major version updates. If a new major version is released within subscription period, you’ll receive automatically new version free of charge. VCL Complete customers will receive even fully new LMD VCL products released in subscription period.

Minor updates with same major version number are handled like before:
These updates are always free of charge for all major (products LMD-Tools, ElPack, IDE-Tools, etc.) and standalone packs. These updates are placed in our protected download areas and can be downloaded free of charge - anytime (using your registration utility).

What happens when subscription expires?
Subscription period refers only to the right receiving free major version updates. If your subscription expires, your licenses behaves like before (free minor updates until next major release, perpetual use of the current license). To reflect new changes we introduced a new customer area, where customers can review and check license status at one single place. Take a first look at the new customer are on the corresponding wiki page.

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