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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.

PB 2018
Scheduled for December 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.

PB 2019
Scheduled for December 31, 2019
Desktop 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 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 Revisedsort descending Status
Windows 10 and latest DB, environment
30 June, 2017 22 Dec, 2017 Released
Able to Open Parent and Child Objects at the Same Time
22 Dec, 2017 Tentative
Dynamically Creating DataWindow Child
22 Dec, 2017 Tentative
PowerBuilder Mobile Controls
22 Dec, 2017 Tentative
Developing WCF Services in PowerBuilder Classic
31 December, 2019 24 Dec, 2017 Rejected
Desktop Cloud App
31 December, 2019 11 Jan, 2018 Planned
PostgreSQL Database Support
31 January, 2018 31 Jan, 2018 Released
Localization Runtime Files for 8 European Languages
8 December, 2017 15 Mar, 2018 Released
New DataWindow Graph Types
31 December, 2019 15 Mar, 2018 Tentative
Modern UI New Framework
31 December, 2019 21 Mar, 2018 Planned
RichTextEdit Backwards Compatibility
31 December, 2018 15 May, 2018 Planned
Support SQL Server 2017
31 July, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released
Datawindow JSON Update
31 July, 2018 30 Jul, 2018 Released