<rant>Typical. They remove the more basic (read: less expensive) options and are now offering us "more functionality" even though it's functionality that we don't need. It burns me that we (my team not the SilkTest user community) have to pay significantly more money for features we don't use. Thanks Borland!</rant>
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best way to reduce the customer and user base - unless it provides an option to resell the features that are not in use.
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This will be flagged as "Company Expense" and should be "Tax Deductable" so many companies would probably not mind the price increase.
If you buy it for yourself to study/learn SilkTest, that's a whole different story...
The new 'one-size fits all' rollup of extensions, kit, etc certainly makes a lot of sense in our shop where we have win32, java, web and .net apps in our portfolio. It was a PITA trying to keep up with what licenses we had for what extensions. Then again - I don't have pay for them, hehehe.
My chief gripe is that price increase includes an IDE that hasn't changed significantly since it was first shipped as QA Partner. I'd like one like the current M$ Visual Studio. Now that REALLY rocks!
On the counter side they also now sell with the option of getting a license that is node-locked now (as opposed to floating). This option is almost half the cost of the concurrent option. For those interested in saving some money this can help.