Monday, August 1, 2011

ArcGIS 10.1 Beta Launch and Deprecation Plan



ArcGIS 10.1 Beta 1 is now available for download to all those that have registered and been accepted into the program.
Downloads have been made available from the Customer Care Portal and information and how to access this can be found on the ArcGIS Beta Community Site. This site is the portal for all information related to the beta.


One big drawback of ArcGIS 10.1:

There is no change in Desktop at 10.1 in regards to 64-bit support. ArcMap is a 32-bit application, but ESRI do support it running on 64-bit Windows. Currently ESRI is workung on a research project for native 64-bit ArcGIS application but it is not going to make 10.1.

ArcGIS 10.1 Deprecation Plan:

ARCGIS DESKTOP 10.1
  • ArcGIS 10.1 will no longer support the Solaris versions of ArcReader and ArcGIS Engine.
  • ArcGIS 10.1 will be the last release supporting ArcReader for Linux.  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 will be supported.  However, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4 will no longer be supported at 10.1.  We will no longer support ArcReader on Linux after the ArcGIS 10.1 release.
  • ArcGIS Engine 10.1 will no longer support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4.  However, we will support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.  
  • ArcGIS 10.1 will be the last planned release for the ArcGIS License Manager on the Solaris operating system. Esri will continue to support the License Manager on Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 will be supported (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4 will no longer be supported at 10.1).  
  • ArcGIS 10.1 will no longer support Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). 
  • ArcGIS 10.1 ArcObjects SDK for Microsoft .NET will no longer support Visual Studio 2008. Esri recommends using Visual Studio 2010 for ArcObjects development for ArcGIS 10.1.

ARCINFO WORKSTATION
  • There are no plans to release a new version of ArcInfo Workstation at ArcGIS 10.1.  However, ArcInfo Workstation 10.0 will be able to be used in conjunction with newer versions of ArcGIS Desktop.  Users will continue to be able to use their existing ArcGIS 10.0 version, but we will not release newer versions.  

ARCIMS 
  • ArcGIS 10.0 was the last planned release for ArcIMS.  At ArcGIS 10.1, ArcIMS will no longer be shipped as part of ArcGIS.  Users can continue to use existing versions of ArcIMS after this time; however, we will no longer provide new releases.  Users should develop a plan and migrate to the ArcGIS Server and Web API technology.

ARCGIS SERVER 10.1
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will be the last planned release for the ArcGIS Server Web ADFs (Application Developer Framework) for both Microsoft .NET and Java.  Esri will continue supporting the Web ADFs during the 10.1 release cycle but only fixes to critical issues will be addressed.  No new functionality or enhancement requests will be addressed for the Web ADFs.  Web application developers are encouraged to move to a web services based pattern with the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs for JavaScript, Flex, or Silverlight.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will no longer support local connections (DCOM connections) from Web ADF applications. ArcGIS Server 10.1 will be a web services (REST, SOAP, and OGC) server only. This will have an impact on: o The web editing functionality of default Web ADF will no longer be supported. ArcGIS 10.1 will continue evolving and enhancing its web editing capabilities on top of the new ‘Feature Service’ (new in ArcGIS 10) and the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs. o Custom developed applications from business partners and users using fine grained ArcObjects through DCOM will not be supported.  Thanks to the recent enhancements in Server Object Extensions, developers can now migrate custom business logic written at the web application (Web ADF) level to custom ArcGIS Server services.  Development 
  • against fine grained ArcObjects continues to be fully supported following the Server Object Extension pattern for extending ArcGIS Server services. Esri has been recommending this approach for some time already, due to its simplicity and improved performance. o Web ADF applications using non-pooled services will not be supported.  Over the years, some customers have adopted a pattern for their ArcGIS Server applications that use non-pooled services.  This pattern has been shown not to scale.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will be the last planned release for the ArcGIS Server Manager Web Mapping Application (Microsoft .Net and Java).  ArcGIS Server Manager includes a wizard for configuring out of the box web mapping applications based on Web ADF technology.  ArcGIS Server 10.1 is the last release of the Web Mapping Application wizard in Manager.  Esri will continue supporting the ArcGIS Server Manager Application Wizard and Web Applications created with it during the 10.1 release cycle, but only fixes to critical issues will be addressed.  New out of the box applications based on the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs, as well as a new experience for configuring them, will be offered as part of the ArcGIS Server 10.1 release. 
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will no longer support 32-bit operating systems.  ArcGIS 10.1 will exclusively support 64-bit operating systems.  Support for 64-bit native execution across all the tiers of ArcGIS Server has been a long awaited feature by many of our customers.  64-bit hardware is the norm in today’s market and most modern ArcGIS Server deployments do in fact run on 64-bit hardware.  ArcGIS Server 10.1 will run as a native 64-bit application exclusively requiring 64-bit capable hardware.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will no longer support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES 4.  However, we will support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.
  • ArcGIS 10.1 will no longer support the Solaris versions of ArcGIS Server (with the exception of  the ArcSDE technology component).  We will continue to support the ArcSDE component of ArcGIS Server on the Solaris platform beyond the ArcGIS 10.1 release.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 is no longer support VBScript or JScript on ArcGIS Server for Linux. VBScript and JScript will continue to be supported on ArcGIS Server for Microsoft Windows.  Python scripting will be added as a replacement for these scripting languages and ArcGIS Desktop will support authoring Python scripts in areas where VBScript and JScript are presently used.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will no longer support publishing non-optimized map documents (MXD files).  ArcGIS 10.1 will only support publishing optimized maps (MSDs) as that is the best practice for map publishing.  At ArcGIS Server 10.1, optimized map services (MSDs) will be enhanced to support many of the capabilities that are currently only available through MXD-based map services.
  • ArcGIS Server 10.1 will no longer support the Microsoft Access based Personal Geodatabase.  
  • With the migration of ArcGIS Server to be 64-bit and because of the lack of scalability of Personal Geodatabases, we have removed support for Personal Geodatabases from ArcGIS server 10.1.  Personal Geodatabases will continue to be supported on ArcGIS Desktop.


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