The current plan is for the upgrade policy to be progressively changed. So you have the opportunity to decide whether to not to switch to IPB3 or just stick with IPB2.3. This policy is not set in stone and I appreciate any feedback offered. Dates and time frames will be changed if demand for IPB3 is slow. The following steps is how the upgrade policy will progress:
1. Each modification that is upgraded to IPB3 will be added to the Store in a separate IPB3 category. To upgrade your license you'll just need to request this in your client centre, make sure you have an active subscription before doing so. If your license expired, you'll need to renew.
I've done it this way so rather than purchasing the IPB3 version of your mod at full price, you'd just need to renew your IPB2.3 subscription if it's expired at the normal discounted price and request the free update. (Before people start using this loop hole, this free grace period only applies to existing purchases made before 18th August 2009, you won't be able to purchase an IPB 2.3 mod than immediately request a free upgrade to the IPB3 version of that mod.)
3. After the 3 months grace period and as IPB2.3 usage drops, prices will be reduced and new features are not likely to be added as often, but IPB2.3 will still be supported.
Frequently Asked Questions/Comments:
Will IPB3 mod prices increase?
Answer: There will be no prices rises during the grace period.
Will I be able to switch back?
Answer: No, once you take advantage of the free grace period and upgrade your subscription to IPB3, you can't downgrade.
How long before IPB3 version of my mod is released?
Answer: You can keep updated on the status of your mod here. Upgrades are still continuing during the RC's and I'm expecting to have all mods upgraded by the time IPB3 final comes out. Some of the smaller mods will be available very soon.
Will existing data be available in IPB3 mods?
Answer: Yes, mods like the Donation Tracker, Videos System, Garage System etc.. that store data will be available in the IPB3 version of your mod. The new application installer will take into account previous data when installing.
Will new mods contain new features?
Answer: Most likely not, once the compatibility upgrades are out of the way, then new features will be added to mods.