Having checked the online store listing for Delphi XE3 which is now up, it appears that the upgrade eligibility window for XE3 may have been nudged open ever-so-slightly wider.
The eligibility window introduced by Embarcadero has previously, consistently, been current version and the two immediately prior versions. Additionally they generously [sic] allowed holders of a license for one additional older version to upgrade, as long as they did so before the end of the year. This additional, limited time eligibility was always specifically mentioned in the store and in the FAQ.
So for XE2 the products eligible for upgrade were:
- XE (current)
- 2010 (previous)
- 2007 (until 31-Dec-2011)
And we might have expected that for XE3 the eligible versions for upgrade pricing would be:
- XE2 (current)
- XE (previous)
- 2009 (until 31-Dec-2012)
However, as you can see in the on-line store listing for XE3, there is no mention of any time limit on the eligibility of Delphi 2009 for upgrade pricing.
So whilst the window isn’t actually any wider than we might have expected at this point, it does look as if it won’t be pulled in a little tighter in a few months time as has happened in previous years.