Cogent clients who attended our October 28th Web Seminar, “What’s New in CogentQC.NET”, will have heard the announcement that Cogent is releasing Version 2.0 in January 2010. For the rest of the world, this is our official announcement.
When it comes to versioniong, Cogent is more like Google than Microsoft. Microsoft releases a defined set of new functions on a particular date – like Windows 7 was released on Thursday, October 22 – and charges for the upgrade. Google adds new functionality all the time behind the scenes; not only were they in beta for many years, but they still don’t have any version numbers on their search engine. Likewise, Cogent has been releasing features continuously without categorizing them into Version numbers – and without charging for upgrades.
Like most things Cogent, this is a soft release. We’ve been on Version 1.x for 3.5 years now. We now see that the system, and the .NET/SQL Server platform as a whole, are stable. We also have several client upgrades under our belts and we have the conversion process down pretty well, including working with DTS data loads.
Look for a list of “official” Version 2.0 features shortly – but know that some early adopter clients already have some “2.0” features.