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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.

REST & Security
Securely utilize RESTful Web APIs in existing client/server apps. Includes support for JSON, encrption, hashing, OAuth, and DataWindow integration.
PowerBuilder 2017
Jun. 30, 2017
PowerBuilder 2017 R2
Jan. 30, 2018
PowerBuilder 2017 R3 LTS
Jul. 31, 2018
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 2018
Dec. 31, 2018
PowerBuilder 2018 R2
Q3-Q4 2019
PowerBuilder 2018 R3 LTS
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 2018 Update

PowerBuilder 2018 is on track for general availability on December 31, 2018. 

Feasibility of development, migration, and deployment has been validated.​

See for yourself! 

Core server objects, including DataStore, have been developed.

See for yourself! 

Server runtime libraries have been confirmed to perform well.

See for yourself!

Appeon is preparing to work with a set of definitional customers on real-life migrations of PowerScript NVOs to C# using early “insider releases” of PowerBuilder 2018.  You will hear from some of these definitional customers at Elevate 2018.

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