Sage 50 2010.

Sage plan to release the next version of Sage 50 on 3 August 2009.  It will be called Sage 50 2010.

Full details aren’t available yet, but teaser information from Sage throws some light on the question of whether to upgrade.

Sage 50 (and it’s predecessors) have always tended towards steady rather than step changes, and it appears that Sage 50 2010 will conform to this pattern.  Sage highlight three areas of change, none of them radical:

  • Improved user experience (better processes, navigation and easier access to data)
  • A data import wizard
  • “Pay now” buttons on invoices, supported by SagePay, their service for collecting online credit card payments

Secondary areas for change include:

  • Support for legislation changes, particularly EC Sales List
  • Improved video tutorials
  • Barcode generation
  • Cash register

In summary, only a few users will regard Sage 50 2010 as a “must buy now” upgrade, but it is another steady step forward.  This then points to when.  The short answer for most people is not until at least September.  The cautious answer is not until the first service pack is released, which is likely to be later in the autumn.

One outstanding question is whether Sage 50 2010 marks the change to a commonly used database, rather than the current proprietary database.  There has been an expectation for some time that Sage will switch to MySQL.  This arguably won’t matter immediately to most users, but should improve access to information and in due course give performance and confidence benefits.  Certainly we’d expect it to allow us to offer better Sage support

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