We all have received a notice that a software update or upgrade is available. These are inevitable in our online, technology-based society. They happen on our computers, tablets, phones, and TVs. But what is the difference between an update and an upgrade? 

Software update releases are between software upgrade cycles. They are smaller and rarely cost anything. Updates do not affect the core of the product, but they play an important role in maintaining the software’s performance and functionality.

Vendors issue software updates to:

  • provide bug fixes
  • keep the software secure
  • improve performance and functionality
  • provide minor software enhancements

A software upgrade, on the other hand, is considered a new version of the software and normally requires the purchase to that version. Upgrades usually include new features, enhancements to functionality, improvements to the interface and changes to its
 general appearance.

So, there are considerable differences between updating and upgrading a software product. To distill it down, the aim of a software update is to provide bug fixes while an upgrade introduces new features and functionality. Organizations need to consider each of these carefully and ensure they have a technology strategy that includes keeping up with the regular update and upgrade cycles of their software and hardware. As discussed in our previous article, it is important to update all your software to ensure your product is secure and functioning at its best. But, it’s also important to upgrade your software because upgrade cycles can include core changes necessary for current and future hardware or future product enhancements the company has in its software roadmap.

For CDM+ users who are on Premier Support, updates and upgrades are always FREE.

 

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