5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2015 12:02 AM by Suresh

    Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?

    Suresh

      Dear Admins & Experts,

       

      Actually i just need to know why FileMaker Development team not giving focus for older versions which compatible for Windows?!

       

      For an Example(Just for Example only):-  For Android OS, which gives supports their apps for compatible in older versions too, same like FileMaker is subsidiary for Apple, Inc. right? Why they are not focus in Older Windows OS Platform which compatible for FileMaker versions?

      Why they gives their full support to iOS Platform only, compared from iOS users Windows users are larger, isn't it?

       

      We wish to use FileMaker 14 with Windows XP OS like, because too interest to work with it, but we cant buy Newer OS because of between working with lot of privileges on a company, what kind hardwares they provide only need to work with it!

       

      Hope many people will understand this what I come to say!

       

      // If this questions doesn't make sense, please forgive and suggest me

       

      Thanks in advance,

      Suresh

        • 1. Re: Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?
          taylorsharpe

          Besides focusing on versions without current features, there are a lot of security risks with working on old operating systems.  Windows XP is no longer supported even by its developer, Microsoft.  The typical target audience that FileMaker has are usually businesses, government or educational organizations where the data has a certain level of value.  If the target audience places a lot of value in the data, then helping host it on vulnerable operating systems that even the developer says is no longer safe, just is not appropriate for the typical FileMaker solution.  The need to support an outdated operating system with a lot of security vulnerabilities is not a high priority for most of FileMaker's customers.  If FileMaker did decide to support legacy operating systems, then how far back should they go?  Why stop at Windows XP?  Why not ME, 95, DOS, CPM?  It would depend on the needs of its clients.  FileMaker is following the needs of the majority of its clients and since support of legacy systems is not a high priority to FileMaker customers, I do not foresee FileMaker changing its current policy of only supporting actively maintained operating systems.  The reality is that computer systems continue to evolve to provide more features and better security and FileMaker will evolve supporting only current operating systems that it can assure customers will be secure.

          • 2. Re: Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?
            Mike_Mitchell

            Besides the security concerns, sometimes old operating systems simply don't have the features that are needed to support newer versions of software. So you'd wind up having to recode big chunks of the product just to make it work with a deprecated OS that very few customers can - or should - be using. It's not cost-effective to do that.

            • 3. Re: Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?
              wimdecorte

              Suresh wrote:

               

               

              We wish to use FileMaker 14 with Windows XP OS like, because too interest to work with it, but we cant buy Newer OS because of between working with lot of privileges on a company, what kind hardwares they provide only need to work with it!

               

              This is the crux though.  As was mentioned earlier in this thread. Windows XP is dead.  No longer supported by Microsoft.  You can not and should not run a business on that operating system.  It all starts and ends there.

               

              If hardware is the limiting factor then find a supported OS that works on that hardware (Linux most probably) then find the applications and tools that work on that OS.

              • 4. Re: Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?
                dburnham

                Look at what Detroit does:  they discontinue models and after a while, they even stop making spare parts for it.  The other day I was reading about the Defense Department's current order for new Air Force 1 planes to replace the ones that were bought in 1990.  Boeing doesn't even make spare parts any more for the president's planes, so they have to manufacture their own. 

                 

                Just imagine how we would suffer with current versions of FileMaker if the engineers were still occupied with supporting obsolete operating systems.  It's hard enough for them to keep up with the new ones, such as El Capitan issues we now have.

                • 5. Re: Why FM Devp. team not focus in Older FM Versions & Compatible OS Platforms?
                  Suresh

                  Ya, Absolutly true dburnham !!

                   

                  We are struggling here!

                  Using dead Operating Systems, Older FileMaker Versions, does not have support!

                   

                  Here If this discussion page, experts is not there means where we dont know how to manage FileMaker issues and all!!

                   

                  Thanks for the responses from Experts!! Thanks for the Creators of this Community!

                   

                  - Suresh.