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Sage 50 and TLS deprecation

Sage are killing old versions of Sage 50 accounts

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I received an email from Sage today informing me that they will be disabling access to my software at the end of September.  I bought a stand-alone copy (perpetual licence) of Sage 50 Accounts, V24, five years ago and have no issues with it and don't really need it updating.  Apparently due to TLS 1.0 and 1.1 being out of date anyone using Sage software (stand-alone and cloud) older than version 26.2 will not be able to access it at this point.  I'm facing having to bite the bullet and abandon Sage after almost 20 years, as I can't stomach the idea of paying Sage £145 per month for their offering.  Xero or similar will probably be in my future...

The ideal situation would be to buy another perpetual Sage licence as then all my reports in Excel using ODBC will keep working.  Can someone tell me if anyone is still selling stand-alone (ie non-subscription) Sage 50 software?

Thanks in advance.

 

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By Onion4Sage
15th Jun 2022 11:41

AFAIK ODBC will continue to work but that's not much comfort if the Sage program itself doesn't. You'll have no way of updating the data to be accessed by the read-only ODBC.

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By Hugo Fair
15th Jun 2022 13:12

It wouldn't help you even if you find someone still selling stand-alone (i.e. non-subscription) Sage 50 software ... because the way in which the software performs is set by Sage (and, whatever their attempted justifications, this now involves stand-alone software 'dialling home' at which point Sage will stop it working)!

Read the full saga at https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers/sage-50-cloud-wont-work-unle... ... and have your hanky ready to catch the tears.

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By smith_m
15th Jun 2022 13:53

Thanks Hugo
I've now read all through that thread, and it would appear that I have a few months to road-test and select an alternative.

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By Onion4Sage
15th Jun 2022 14:05

"It wouldn't help you even if you find someone still selling stand-alone (i.e. non-subscription) Sage 50 software"

Surely if the software was v27 or v28 with TLS 1.2 embedded it would work. Not sure if perpetual licence versions are available for v27 or v28 though.

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By Onion4Sage
15th Jun 2022 15:25

SJ Software might be worth a call as I came across a tweet from them advertising "Perpetual licences - Sage 50 Accounts Professional V27"

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By Driand
14th Jul 2022 16:59

Unfortunately all these were sold a while back. I'll be going to other software based on this attitude of theirs even if I do have to take a monthly subscription with someone and it costs more (although Xero is looking substantially cheaper), Sage has demonstrated repeatedly that you are only of interest if you are paying way more than is necessary every month.

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By Surfer1000
15th Jun 2022 15:44

Sage are rip off merchants, they should be upgrading customers on perpetual licences for free to version 26.3

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By Onion4Sage
15th Jun 2022 20:45

Yes, one would have thought that a significant number of perpetual licence customers eventually upgrade for one reason or another - just a matter of time. I have in the past. By forcing the issue they'll lose that potential future business because the customer will likely have moved to a different supplier in frustration with the poor treatment. If a core part of the software stops working they should either provide that same version but incorporating TLS 1.2 or, if that's not feasible because of the number of annual versions that would have to be revised, the earliest version that does incorporate TLS1.2, as a free replacement for the old version.

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