Friendly Systems Newsletter June 2007

The Software Circle of Life

Software changes often bring out two extremes - those who always want the latest and (at least according to the marketing department) greatest, and those who still think a DVD player is new technology and since they finally figured out how to set the VCR clock after a power outage they'll keep it for awhile.

Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 are now Vista compatible

With the release of Service Update 4, Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 are now compatible with Microsoft Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Note that the Home Basic and Home Premium are NOT on this list. Vista cannot be used as the server for either MAS 90 or MAS 200.

There are also some different steps that need to be followed when installing on a Vista workstation. Please see the Sage's Vista Compatibility document for details, and be sure to check on the compatibility of any 3rd party products that integrate with MAS 90 or MAS 200 for their Vista compatibility issues as well.

We still don't recommend you rush out and upgrade to Vista though - see our blogs on the subject.

Retirement of Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 3.71

Sage Software has announced retirement plans for Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 3.71.

"Customers will receive the final 3.71 Year-End Tax Table updates in December 2007, and any mandated year-end changes to Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Electronic Reporting (formerly known as Magnetic Media Reporting) for calendar year 2008 processing.

Telephone Support will continue for version 3.71 through the end of December 2008."

If you are still on version 3.71 (or earlier) you should be thinking about upgrade plans. Sage does not plan to make any MAS 90 or MAS 200 version prior to 4.10 Vista compatible, and Microsoft licensing agreements with computer manufacturers state that computers with Windows XP preinstalled will not be available after the end of 2007. Don't wait until upgrading becomes an emergency - start planning now for a smooth transition.