This week, we are pleased to release RAD Studio 10.2 Tokyo. It celebrates our many customers in Japan and is a testament to the true global nature of our company. If you remember, one of our Boot Camps had representatives from over 200 countries!
RAD 10.2 is an important release in many ways. It is a truly BIG one. The Enterprise and Architect versions contain a Linux compiler that has been anticipated for years. It also has many other enhancements and fixes. It is even more important as a demonstration of our new release model and commitment to continued and rapid improvement of the core product. It nicely highlights the benefits of update subscription (aka maintenance). A preview of the product was available early for these customers.
We had four release in the last 12 months (minor and major)! We are continuing to improve the upgrade process, but regardless, this is an excellent value. And while the required uninstall is cumbersome, pretty much everyone agrees that the process has become much smoother after the release of 10.1 Berlin. The GetIt installer is far quicker too.
The improvements in Quality and Stability have been well received and we will continue to do even more. I think that the biggest challenge is making this process work more seamlessly with component partners, but even there we see some improvement. Our technology partners, similar to our maintenance customers, have had 10.2 for almost two months, which results in better stability and quality. The feedback on quality is great, but partners are also excited to build new capabilities that leverage the Linux backend. This will continue to move our ecosystem forward.
The new release model challenges us to continue to deliver value to customers all the time. Our PM team is very proud of the extent of our Windows 10 support, which is the best in the industry (even ahead of Visual Studio in certain areas). FMX is a true gem for anyone that wants to build native mobile apps fast. There is so much more to come on that front. Of course the core IDE and compilers will continue to get better too. We gave a taste to some IDE changes with RAD 10.2, which, while subtle are an example of the productivity focus that we want to embrace.
One area that I am particularly excited about is to give you template applications that get you started with new projects faster. We initiated this with some free games for Berlin. Literally thousands of dollars worth of source code was provided for free through GetIt to update subscription customers. With 10.2 we plan to give even more source code. For example, next week we will deliver a Healthcare app that uses RAD Server and Beacons. We have several more in the works that will expedite multi-tier projects with RAD Server. Many are asking for these to be available in a hosted environment, which is being considered. The best thing is that these will come through GetIt, so installation will be simple. Some of the Konopka controls updates will be delivered that way too, again making the ongoing relationship even more valuable.
We want our customers to feel special. By buying RAD Studio you are part of an elite community of developers where we challenge each other to constantly innovate and make amazing applications. There are many good developer tools out there, but if you want fast, yet robust development, RAD Studio is the best answer.