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Embarcadero Announces Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Launches FREE Starter Edition

RAD Studio, Delphi, C++Builder allow developers to easily migrate existing code to latest Windows OS

Austin, Texas – September 19, 2016 - Embarcadero Technologies (a division of IDERA), a leading provider of software solutions for application development, today announced support for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and launched a FREE Starter Edition for Delphi and C++ Builder. Unlike other development tools, code written with RAD Studio, Delphi and C++Builder for previous editions of Windows can be easily updated to run on the latest version of the Microsoft OS, without being rewritten.

“RAD Studio allows developers to use their existing VCL code while also supporting the latest Windows 10 APIs, including most WinRT APIs”

RAD Studio is the fastest way to develop cross-platform native apps with flexible cloud services and broad IoT connectivity. The solution provides seamless migration of Win32/Win64 API-based applications to Windows 10, and includes extensive support for WinRT integration, as well as new VCL (Visual Component Library) controls for easier support of the Windows 10 user interface and experience. Native VCL controls, such as RelativePanel, ToggleSwitch, SearchBox, SplitView and ActivityIndicator, map common Windows 10 UI elements independently and according to the classic VCL architecture, ensuring RAD Studio applications that employ them run just as smoothly on Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems.

RAD Studio comes with an expansive library of ready visual components, both internally-developed and from an extensive list of partners. Many of these are available for VCL and FireMonkey (FMX) for native use on iOS and Android, enabling developers using RAD Studio to significantly reduce the effort and resources required to deliver robust multi-platform applications.

RAD Studio applications range from consumer apps (e.g. games, music, productivity) to large enterprise systems (e.g. ERP, database management, government, healthcare solutions).

“RAD Studio allows developers to use their existing VCL code while also supporting the latest Windows 10 APIs, including most WinRT APIs,” said Marco Cantu, product manager at Embarcadero. “This gives customers the best migration path to the latest versions of Windows 10, without having to rewrite legacy code to make their applications look modern and fully integrate with the latest version of Windows.”

For years, Delphi and C++Builder have offered the best and most timely independent support for Windows client application development. Microsoft continues to innovate with a commitment to be even more open by embracing Linux and making its products more accessible. This also creates more opportunities for Embarcadero to engage and grow its customer base with new capabilities.

Earlier this year, Embarcadero extended its education programs across the world, offering free software development tools to students. The company has also made the Starter editions of Delphi and C++ Builder available for free.

“We hear a tremendous need to make entry-level development with our tools more accessible. While RAD Studio is one of the least expensive enterprise-grade development platforms, it is still costly for students and independent developers in some markets. We hope that a free Starter Edition helps our passionate community continue to grow and learn,” said Atanas Popov, general manager of Embarcadero. “We know that the commercial value we provide is incredible, and customers will transition to the higher cost SKUs when the time is right.”

With the latest updates of RAD Studio Berlin, developers can convert and package Delphi and C++Builder applications using the APPX format for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. These tools provide the foundation to convert to Universal Windows Platform applications using the Windows Desktop Bridge—also known as Project Centennial, which Microsoft expects to release in the near future.

For more information on Embarcadero support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, visit: http://community.embarcadero.com/article/news/16424-windows-10-anniversary-update-and-rad-studio

About Embarcadero

Embarcadero builds tools for the world’s most talented software developers, enabling them to deliver secure, scalable enterprise applications faster than any other platforms on the market. In fact, 90 companies in the Fortune 100 and an active community of more than three million users worldwide rely on award-winning products from Embarcadero for their critical applications. To learn more, visit www.embarcadero.com.