You know that game that people play with fortune cookie messages where you add a certain phrase to the end of the message to lend it a whole new meaning? Well, according to this announcement on our SAS support site, you'll be able to play that game with statements about what platforms and third party software SAS applications are supported on. The magic fun phrase you can add is "and higher".
Example: "SAS Enterprise Guide 4.1 is supported on Windows XP with Service Pack 2."
Transformed: "SAS Enterprise Guide 4.1 is supported on Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and higher."
In this case, "and higher" includes XP service pack 3, and Vista (with its service packs), and it might include Windows 7 when that releases.
Example: "SAS Web Report Studio 4.2 is supported on Internet Explorer 6".
Transformed: "SAS Web Report Studio 4.2 is supported on Internet Explorer 6 and higher".
This means the software supports Internet Explorer 7 as well, and perhaps Internet Explorer 8.
I suppose the statement is a little vague about the support for major new versions that we know are coming but that are not yet released ( such as Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 ) because it's always possible that another vendor introduces a breaking change that prevents our software (and probably other software) from working correctly. But as a new platform becomes important to you, you can be confident that SAS will do what it takes to provide the appropriate support.
Update 10Dec2008: A colleague pointed out that my examples above are misleading. SAS states how each major version of an OS or third-party software is supported separately - for example: Windows XP versus Vista, IE6 versus IE7 versus IE8. The "and higher" clause, strictly applied, pertains to minor interim releases such as OS service packs and "dot" releases for other components. The encouraging part of the statement that I want to emphasize is that SAS tries to anticipate your need to adopt new major platform releases, and tries to certify SAS applications for use on those platfforms in a timely fashion.