For an easy understanding, we have documented frequently asked questions about our support policies.
GroupDocs's development team is dispersed across several time zones; this means our support service has a high availability due to having team members across the globe. If we had a dedicated phone team, that would not be the case. Experience shows that the support forums is the best way for us to make sure that everyone gets their requests addresses in a timely manner.↑ Top
End of service refers to the part of a product's life cycle when it is no longer supported by development and/or support. This can be either because the product has been superseded by a later version, or because it has been retired.
GroupDocs products have long and healthy lives. They grow in increments, from minor upgrades (version 1.1) to major upgrades (version 2.0). Most products have a major release a year, but this is not a hard and fast rule. We release features and functionality that our customers ask for. Sometimes this means more than one major release in a year, sometimes it means releasing fewer.
We only support the most recent version. This means that if someone finds a problem in version 1.0 and the current version is 2.0, we check if the problem exists in the current version.
If it does not, we simply suggest that the customer update their software.
If it does, we fix it for the current version. In this example, a hotfix takes the product to version 2.1 or 3.0, depending on whether the update contains other fixes or features. A customer with version 2.0 can install the hotfix provided they have a valid subscription.
With a valid subscription, you always have access to the most up-to-date version of the product, including all the latest features and fixes.↑ Top
We are a commercial API vendor and try our best to launch the products with an expectation to be commercially viable. However, some products may not get the expected market attention hence pushing us to reconsider such products. In such cases, following scenarios may happen:
When you buy a product license for the first time, you get a one year subscription. The subscription entitles you to software updates. We support the latest version of a product until there is a newer version. When it comes to support on how to do perform specific actions, we continue to help customers with out-of-date products, but we are strict about development. We only develop hotfixes for the latest version of a product.
How long a product remains at the same version depends on how many change requests and issues we get from our users. Popular products tend to change more quickly than our less popular products: we put our efforts where our customers ask us to.↑ Top
If the problem still exists in the latest version of the software, yes, we will consider building a hotfix. But remember: we only build hotfixes for the latest version of the software so unless you have the latest version you cannot use the hotfix.
We strongly suggest that our users protect their investment by making sure that they have an up-to-date subscription. A subscription entitles you to free updates and fixes for a year and means that you will always have the very latest software.↑ Top
In case, you have more questions about our support policies, please feel free to contact our technical support team by creating a thread in our product support forums↑ Top