Through the LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy, you can access guidelines for better understanding and use of your NI product investment. This policy should help you answer common questions, such as When should I upgrade? What LabVIEW versions are supported? What support should I expect for LabVIEW versions? and so on. In addition, the LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy helps you plan migrations and maximize your resources.
For more information regarding OS support and timelines, visit the NI LabVIEW Operating System Support Roadmap.
Since 2006, National Instruments has annually released a new version of LabVIEW each August to establish a more predictable release schedule. This gives LabVIEW users the ability to better plan new developments and upgrades to future releases. In addition, in 2009, NI changed the product name to LabVIEW + year (for example, LabVIEW 2009) reflecting the year of the release and setting the stage for future annual releases of LabVIEW. NI offers Current Release Support and Mainstream Support for the latest 4 versions of the software.
|As of August in:||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015|
The LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy encompasses three phases with varying support levels and timelines.
|Current Release Support||Mainstream Support||Extended Support|
|Online technical support, including Knowledge-Base, online forums, white papers, NI Developer Zone, and more|
|Access to paid technical support programs, including the NI Support-Only Service Program and Standard Service||-2|
|Paid upgrade assistance|
|Current device driver distributions continue to install support||-2|
|Support for new embedded LabVIEW targets (real-time controllers and FPGA devices)||-2||-|
|LabVIEW service packs/maintenance releases (scheduled updates and fixes)||-||-|
|LabVIEW patches at NI discretion (off-cycle fixes)3||-2|
|Product available for purchase||
1 See specific details on hardware support and drivers on the Drivers and Updates Page. Modules and toolkits are version-specific; see LabVIEW Module and Toolkit Compatibility Information for more details. Device driver distributions are tested on the most current version of the specific LabVIEW release (for example, the most current version for LabVIEW 8.2.x and for LabVIEW 8.5.x are 8.2.1 and 8.5.1, respectively)
2 Available only through long-term service contract
3 Contact your local field representative
Current Release Support
|LabVIEW 7.1||March 2004||August 20091||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 8.0||August 2005||August 20082||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 8.2||August 2006||August 2010||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 8.5||August 2007||August 2011||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 8.6||August 2008||August 2012||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 2009||August 2009||August 2013||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 2010||August 2010||August 2014||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 2011||August 2011||August 2015||Ongoing|
|LabVIEW 2012||August 2012||August 2016||Ongoing|
1 LabVIEW 7.1 mainstream support was extended to August 2009.
2 LabVIEW 8.0 had a shorter mainstream support phase.
Contact NI Global Services for more information and access to additional services designed to meet needs throughout the application life cycle – from planning and development to deployment and ongoing maintenance.