MathWorks Product Release Schedule
The MathWorks follows a twice-yearly general release schedule, with one release in the March timeframe and a second in the September timeframe. Each general release synchronizes the full MATLAB® and Simulink® product families, delivering new features and bug fixes for existing products and, when available, new products.
The release naming convention reflects the twice-yearly schedule. The release name consists of the calendar year followed by “a” for the first release of the year, or “b” for the second. For example, the March 2006 release was named Release 2006a (or R2006a) because it was the first release in 2006. The September 2006 release was named Release 2006b and so on.
Getting Access to Prereleases and Releases
Several weeks before the general release, customers who are subscribed to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service will receive notification about access to a prerelease version of the upcoming release.
The prerelease period gives you an opportunity to find out what has changed in the new release, to test it, and to plan accordingly. Using the prerelease software also gives you a chance to tell The MathWorks about any problems in the release, serving as a final validation of release quality.
Once the general release becomes available, all subscribers to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service will be notified that the new release is available for download from the MathWorks Web site. At that time, you can submit an online request for a DVD shipment. Between general releases, new and updated products may be offered via the Web. Customers who are subscribed to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service will be notified of any downloads available for their products.
Why This Approach?
A twice-yearly release delivery model offers a number of benefits:
- Rapid response to your requests for specific features due to more frequent releases
- High quality and improved backward compatibility, resulting from incremental development of new features to reduce the risk of introducing incompatibilities, combined with faster delivery of bug fixes
- Easy and efficient upgrades, since the predictable schedule enables you to plan how and when to evaluate, test, and install new releases for yourself or your organization