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PowerBuilder Roadmap


Paving the way for a simpler, faster, open-standards approach to building cloud apps for .NET!

Appeon is innovating PowerBuilder in agile 6-12 month cycles.  Over the next few cycles, we plan to revamp PowerBuilder’s approach to .NET, its server-side architecture, and the UI of your apps.  We are committed to making C# development with PowerBuilder super easy while adhering to open standards.  While we believe that a Desktop Cloud App (rather than HTML) is the best approach for business apps, you are free to use whatever client-side technology you wish.  Of course, we are also enhancing development of traditional desktop apps.

Phase 1
REST & Security
Securely utilize RESTful Web APIs in existing client/server apps. Includes support for JSON, encryption, hashing, OAuth, and DataWindow integration.
PowerBuilder 2017
Jun. 30, 2017
PowerBuilder 2017 R2
Jan. 30,2018
PowerBuilder 2017 R3 LTS
Jul. 31, 2018
Phase 2
C# Development
Rapidly develop C# Web APIs using the native PowerBuilder IDE, DataWindow technology, and automated migration tools. 100% managed code, secure, and scalable.
PowerBuilder 2019
May 31, 2019
PowerBuilder 2019 R2
Q4 2019
PowerBuilder 2019 R3 LTS
Phase 3
Cloud Apps
Develop eye-catching desktop apps that are powered by C# Web APIs and deploy seamlessly over the Internet. The desktop and web converged.
PowerBuilder 2021
PowerBuilder 2021 R2
PowerBuilder 2021 R3 LTS

PowerBuilder 2019 Update

PowerBuilder 2018 is officially renamed to PowerBuilder 2019.  Thanks to the high engagement of all the beta testers, PowerBuilder 2019 Customer Beta has successfully ended on March 21.  The GA date of PowerBuilder 2019 is scheduled for May 31, 2019.

Development, migration, and deployment has been validated.​

Watch Video

Core server objects, including DataStore, have been developed.

Run Sample Code 

Server runtime libraries have been confirmed to perform well.

Benchmark Performance

Try the beta version for yourself and give us your feedback.

PowerBuilder 2019 Beta

Roadmap Details

This list shows the specific new features or enhancements planned for a particular release of PowerBuilder.  Based on customer feedback and technology trends, it is possible a particular item may be changed, delayed, or removed.  As such, it is important that you participate in the product roadmap by voting and commenting on the product roadmap.  As a customer-driven company, we will carefully consider your feedback to make PowerBuilder work for you!

Feature Video Planned Date Revised Status
Native PDF Print
30 June, 2017 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Windows 10 and latest DB, environment
30 June, 2017 22 Dec, 2017 Released
Mobile Applications
30 June, 2017 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Cloud Licensing Model
30 June, 2017 30 Jul, 2018 Released
PowerBuilder Compiler Supporting Multiple Build Agents
30 June, 2017 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Localization Runtime Files for 8 European Languages
8 December, 2017 15 Mar, 2018 Released
JSON Parser and Generator
31 January, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Native interface to Git & SVN
31 January, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Consume RESTful Web Services
31 January, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released
PostgreSQL Database Support
31 January, 2018 31 Jan, 2018 Released
Datawindow JSON Retrieve
31 January, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Enhancing Native Interface to Git & SVN
31 July, 2018 31 Jul, 2018 Released
Further Enhancing the Native PDF
31 July, 2018 31 Jul, 2018 Released