I'm a fairly recent Family History user . I started by purchasing UFT v 2.0 in UK. At no cost I was able to upgrade to v 2.8! There was no profit in that. Last year I purchased v 3.0 direct from the USofA. There was profit made by someone. I find there is far more than I need in UFT to create my family history and I am still learning how much more is available. It is going to take years to learn how to use this facility to its extremes even though I have already learned some of its shortcomings. However, now that my UFT is going to stand still I have to appraise my position. This question is facing all UFT users.
'Stay put' is a simple option. Even to keep a hard disk devoted entirely to Windows 98 and UFT with all my files on board is a viable proposition.........forever!
Take the offer to move to TMG, begs the question. "What guarantees have I that transferring will solve the longevity of my Family History files?" Will TMG be facing this same dilemma sometime in the future? I will also have to learn, yet again how to use the new software.
Ask yourselves this! Is there a viable market for any 'High Quality' genealogy software when most people will be more than satisfied with the Free software provided by The Church of the Latter Day Saints and many other freely available sources of software? After all who of us can deny not giving away copies of our UFT to friends or relatives. We live in a commercial world driven almost entirely by profit. Hence UFT will not be even given away in case money can be obtained from an as yet unknown source.
The obvious position is to wait and see. The offer from TMG is available until the end of this year. Many things will have happened by then. Meanwhile, I can enjoy reading the comments of all on this board and that of TMG.
Perhaps I need to add that I am a hobbyist and have no connection with any commercial or other organisation, whatsoever.