One of Avigilon's key differentiators has been the lack of upgrade charges for new VMS versions. Unlike the controversial annual licenses that many of their competitors push, Avigilon rightfully emphasizes how they are free. Now, Avigilon's new VMS Version 5.0, first announced last fall at ASIS 2012, is available. However, unlike previous releases, most existing Avigilon customers will need to pay to upgrade to 5.0. In this note, we dig into the details and compare to Milestone, Genetec and Exacq approaches.