End of Life (EOL) Policy Statement

General support policy overview

Introduction

This document defines the Syncro Soft policy with relation to Syncro Soft products End Of Life (EOL). This End of Life Policy document is effective as of March 1, 2012

Applicable products

Unless otherwise expressly set forth in the customer’s agreement with Syncro Soft or on Syncro Soft’s website at http://www.oxygenxml.com/ the terms of this End of Life policy will apply for each product version licensed from Syncro Soft.

Definition of terms

Release Definitions

There are major, minor, and maintenance builds releases for Syncro Soft software products.

Product identification

The above can be read as : Product <oXygen/> XML Editor, major version 13, minor version 2, maintenance build 2010011017.

Major Release

A major release typically includes significant new features and functionality.

The first number of the version of the software indicates the major release version number. This number will increase with each major release.

Minor Release

A minor release typically includes enhancements to existing features, possibly small new features and functionalities, and bug fixes.

The first number after the dot indicates the minor release version associated with a particular major release. Every time a new minor release is issued, the minor release version number is updated.

Maintenance Build

A maintenance build generally only includes fixes for issues that have been identified once the product version has shipped. A maintenance build comes with a new binary kit.

The build number is a unique, alphanumeric identifier, that is updated for each new build and it helps to identify the chronological software build history.

Changes according to versions
ChangesMajor VersionMinor VersionMaintenance Build
Significant new features/functionalityYesNoNo
Small new features/functionalityYesYesNo
Enhancements for existing featuresYesYesNo
Critical bug fixesYesYesYes

General Availability

A major version is released as General Availability (GA) for all customers. The GA milestone signifies when a new major version can be bought.

Syncro Soft technical staff support GA product version by delivering free minor versions and maintenance builds that address customers' needs. Syncro Soft may require that, in order to address a problem encountered with a version of the software in GA, the customer must first install the most recent minor version or maintenance release (latest build). 

End of Sales

This is the date that a specific major product version will no longer be available for purchase. This is generally the date at which the next major version becomes GA.

End of Sales versions are fully supported in the form of maintenance builds, however, Syncro Soft does not offer new minor versions or support for new/updated versions of operating systems, JVMs, databases, or standards. Generally, to gain new functionality and/or new platform, application, or JVM support, customers should upgrade to the latest GA release. Syncro Soft may require that, in order to address a problem encountered with a product version in End of Sale, the customer must first install the most recent minor version and maintenance build for that version.

Beyond the End of Sale date, Syncro Soft will no longer renew the SMP agreements for the product version which is End of Sale. However, Syncro Soft will continue to provide support for customers holding valid SMP.

End of Maintenance

The End of Maintenance milestone marks the start of the product version retirement period. From this milestone the product version is no longer maintained by maintenance builds.  Syncro Soft will continue to offer help desk support for a period of 12 months (unless otherwise stated) until End of Support date. During this period, Syncro Soft will answer questions and assist customers with the transition to the new product version. In order to address problems encountered with a product version in End of Maintenance, the customer must upgrade to the GA version, if an existing maintenance build or workaround is not available.  

A product version reaches its EOM at the point at which it is 2 major releases behind the current GA release (e.g Version N reaches EOM when Version N+2 becomes Generally Available)

End of Support

The End of Support milestone marks the date after that the technical support for that product version will no longer be available.

Customers may continue to use the product version once End of Support is announced, however customer problems reported will not be fixed or worked on by Technical Support. Customers are encouraged to upgrade to the GA version as soon as possible.

End of Life tables for Syncro Soft products

The below picture shows how end of life milestones for three consecutive versions are interconnected on a time scale. At any time, beside the general available version there are other two previous versions that are maintained under a different level of support that correspond to its milestone.

Product milestones for consecutive versions
Oxygen XML Editor milestones dates
VersionGeneral AvailabilityEnd of SaleEnd Of MaintenanceEnd of Support
Oxygen XML Editor v18April 21, 2016Estimated Q2 2017Estimated Q2 2018Estimated Q1 2019
Oxygen XML Editor v17May 4, 2015April 21, 2016Estimated Q2 2017Estimated Q1 2018
Oxygen XML Editor v16May 20, 2014May 4, 2015April 21, 2016Estimated Q1 2017
Oxygen XML Editor v15June 7, 2013May 20, 2014May 4, 2015April 21, 2016
Oxygen XML Editor v14June 27, 2012June 7, 2013May 20, 2014May 4, 2015
Oxygen XML Editor v13August 30, 2011June 27, 2012June 7, 2013May 20, 2014
Oxygen XML Editor v12September, 14, 2010August 30, 2011June 27, 2012June 7, 2013
Oxygen XML Editor v11October 9, 2009September 14, 2010August 30, 2011June 27, 2012
Oxygen XML Editor v10October 23, 2008October 9, 2009September 14, 2010August 30, 2011
Oxygen XML Editor v9November 2, 2007October 23, 2008October 9, 2009September 14, 2010
Oxygen XML Editor v8November 17, 2006November 2, 2007October 23, 2008October 9, 2009
Oxygen XML Editor v7January 18, 2006November 17, 2006November 2, 2007October 23, 2008
Oxygen XML Editor v6May 17, 2005January 18, 2006November 17, 2006November 2, 2007
Oxygen XML Web Author milestones dates
VersionGeneral AvailabilityEnd of SaleEnd Of MaintenanceEnd of Support
Oxygen XML Web Author v18April 21, 2016---
Oxygen XML Web Author v17February 11, 2015April 21, 2016--
Oxygen XML Diff milestones dates
VersionGeneral AvailabilityEnd of SaleEnd Of MaintenanceEnd of Support
Oxygen XML Diff v4July 21, 2011October 1, 2012July 21, 2013July 21, 2014
Oxygen XML Diff v3November 10, 2010July 21, 2011October 1, 2012July 21, 2013
Syncro SVN Client milestones dates
VersionGeneral AvailabilityEnd of SaleEnd Of MaintenanceEnd of Support
Syncro SVN Client v10June 10, 2014---
Syncro SVN Client v9June 25, 2013June 10, 2014June 10, 2015June 10, 2015
Syncro SVN Client v8July 7, 2012June 25, 2013June 10, 2014June 10, 2015
Syncro SVN Client v7July 8, 2011July 7, 2012June 25, 2013June 10, 2014
Syncro SVN Client v6July 23, 2010July 8, 2011-July 7, 2012June 25, 2013
Syncro SVN Client v5August 11, 2009July 23, 2010July 8, 2011July 7, 2012
Syncro SVN Client v4September 2, 2008August 11, 2009July 23, 2010July 8, 2011
Syncro SVN Client v3January 15, 2008September 2, 2008August 11, 2009July 23, 2010

Exceptions from the Policy Milestones

End of Support should not be interpreted as the discontinuance of any existing Syncro Soft agreement. Services to the existing product base will continue to be provided as per existing contract terms.

SDK/API Product Compatibility

Syncro Soft’s goal is that current product version API/SDK to remain compatible with the previous version in order to allow third party applications/plugins developed with a previous version to work with the new version. Applications and plugins developed for a major product version are expected to be compatible with any minor version belonging to that major version.

Databases and Operating Systems

Syncro Soft will aim to support major new platforms/databases/operating systems as quickly as possible after the vendor release. However, variability of vendor releases, constraints on internal resources may affect compatibility.

Compatibility with Third Party Products

Syncro Soft will use commercially reasonable efforts to apply this End of Life Policy to third party software included in a product version. However, Syncro Soft cannot guarantee that support for any such third party software will be available. Syncro Soft will provide as much notice as reasonably possible related to support for third party software.

FAQ

Why is there an End of Life policy?

Syncro Soft established a general End of Life policy in order to better communicate and set proper customer expectations about the availability and support for its products. The End of Life Policy establishes a clear guideline that will assist customers in managing their software requirements.

How long can I legally use my product version after the End of Support has taken effect?

This End of Life policy does not affect your right or ability to use a product version. It only affects your ability to access technical support for the End of Life product version.

When are customers notified about a product version milestones (End of Support)?

Generally, product versions are traversing the life cycle without notification, based on the release schedule. Customers may be notified of product end of support.

Can I still get technical support for a product version that has reached End of Support?

Generally, technical support is available for a maximum of three major versions of the product at a time, with some corresponding limitations. In the absence of a custom agreement between you and Syncro Soft that stipulates otherwise, all technical support stops at the End of Support date. You are advised to upgrade to the last GA version.

My agreement with Syncro Soft stipulates different terms that are stated in the general policy. Are my agreement terms valid?

Yes, this documents specifies the general policy. If you have special negotiated terms, they will supersede these general guidelines. If you have questions or concerns about your rights, please contact Syncro Soft directly.

About Syncro Soft

Syncro Soft develops the industry-acclaimed <oXygen/> XML Editor, facilitating teams in small businesses, Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, government agencies, and international organizations in authoring documents, publishing in different formats, collaborating with team members, and managing content. At the same time, oXygen/> enables XML developers to develop advanced style-sheets, edit schema, generate documentation, debug files, and connect databases. It is the only tool that supports all XML schema languages. It provides the widest coverage of state-of-the-art XML technologies; complies with standards of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and of other organizations; and enhances productivity through an intuitive and innovative authoring and development environment.

For further information and/or any comment on this End of Life Policy, feel free to contact: support@oxygenxml.com