We continue to monitor the Sage MAS90 & 200 v4.4 release in an effort to determine exactly when to recommend installing the upgrade to our clients and newsletter subscribers.
Update: 4-22-2010 – Sage has made the update available
A key feature of MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4 as promoted by Sage is the concept of regular product updates.
Unlike the prior practice of issuing periodic (first monthly then ultimately quarterly) bug fixes service updates, Sage intends to issue regular product updates that provide not only program fixes but also add new functionality (see the MAS 90 roadmap for exactly what to expect and when).
One of the eagle eyed Sage consultants in my 90Minds group spotted that the latest MAS 90 & MAS 200 v4.4 Product Update 1 as well as the MAS 90 and MAS 200 version 4.3 service update 18 have again been removed by Sage.
Readers of our web site will recall that we’d previously noted that Product Update 1 (and service update 18) were removed on April 2 before ultimately being reinstated.
From what we understand from our group member, the primary reason for removal of both the product and service update might revolve around credit card issues.
Our understanding, based on Sage communication with other business partners, about product update 1 and service update 18 is that part of the changes to both updates involve PCI-DSS compliance changes. Sage has recently completed an audit of their software to meet the new credit card processing rules effective July 1, 2010 and we believe were using the latest updates to ensure compliance.