Related: Where Can I Download Milestone Enterprise 2015? Answer: it does not exist.
So 2015 is being skipped. 2016 is planned for the near future. I spoke with Milestone this week and their plan is to release 2016 in the next few months.
Regarding customers paying for updates, that is a good point. I've asked Milestone if the 2015 skip is an aberration or if partners should expect a major new release now once every 2 years.
I have been inquiring about this too. I am not getting any affirmative answers. The 2016 update had better be impressive. Care Packs aren't offering a lot of value if there are no updates and the integrator is providing first tier customer support.
When I bought ONSSI I got version 6.0 of and a 1 year SUP. 14 months went by before they came out with version 6.5. Cut and paste from e-mail:
ONSSI: Your plan was for one year.
Me: There was no release in that year, though.
ONSSI: That's correct.
Me: So what did my money buy me?
ONSSI: The ability to upgrade, had we come out with a version in that period. You opted not to renew your SUP, so...
Me: Well, it didn't seem like such a great deal last time, so... But, Ok, I'll sign up for another year.
ONSSI: Great. But you've expired past the grace period, and SUP's must be continuous, otherwise people could just buy them right before a release comes out. That would be unfair. I would have to backdate the SUP. Or you could just buy the product outright...
Me: With an another SUP that will get me a chance at an upgrade as long as you're not late releasing it?
ONSSI: Essentially, yes.
Epilogue: A couple of years after I refused to double down on another SUP, and largely forgotten how bad the whole policy was, I got this telling me it couldn't get any better!
Amnesty, even for hard-core non-gamblers like me?! Everyone who's ever been a customer?
This time I read the fine print, before, not after:
Pearl River, NY (November 12, 2013) – Enables Cost-Efficient Upgrade of Ocularis or NetDVMS, No Matter How Old It Is.
OnSSI has launched a unique promotion ...
Maybe they meant NetDVR as well, and might have even called to find out but I'm no sucker for abuse. I cashed out.
[Note: Milestone Employee]
A new release is coming soon and we are planning for an accelerated pace of releases moving forward.
I don't really understand, you don't buy and keep SUP, then you are not paying for the time that Milestone are putting in to making the product better after you bought your version, so either pay for it (if you buy 5 years up front it's not bad) or Don't pay and just be happy with what you have and pay for the upgrade in four years by either A: doing the Opt In, or B: just re-buying the licence.
I'm fine with waiting, we have so many systems out there I'd rather slower, better tested updates.. looking forward to seeing if they take on H265 with 2016 :)
I'm sure everyone probably knows by now not to install Milestones first release of a new version? It normally always takes a few more updates to become stable.
Update: Milestone XProtect 2016 Released
Also, now Milestone plans to release 3x a year: