Fortunately, most of the recent versions of SAS Enterprise Guide work with the different recent versions of SAS, so you have some flexibility as you decide which applications to update and when. If you want the newest features of SAS Enterprise Guide but can't yet adopt SAS 9.4, no problem. And if you want the benefits of SAS 9.4 but can't yet roll out SAS Enterprise Guide 8.2 to your desktops, that's okay too. See this chart for the full release history of SAS Enterprise Guide.
This table contains a simple mapping of what's officially supported:
|SAS Enterprise Guide version||works with SAS versions|
|5.1||9.2, 9.3, 9.4 (and 9.4m1)|
|6.1 (and 6.1m1)**||9.2, 9.3, 9.4 (and 9.4m1)|
|7.1 thru 7.15||9.2, 9.3, 9.4|
|8.1, 8.2, 8.3***||9.2, 9.3, 9.4|
|This same matrix applies to the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office.|
|For best results, apply all recent hotfixes to older versions of SAS Enterprise Guide before working with new versions of SAS.|
|* Update 23Aug2013: SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 does not support SAS 9.4; we recommend at least v5.1 with the latest hotfixes.|
|** Update 20Dec2013: SAS Enterprise Guide 6.1m1 offers a 32-bit version as well as 64-bit. And SAS 9.4m1 once again offers a 32-bit edition on Windows.|
For a historical perspective of SAS versions, check out Rick's post about the release dates for SAS software. Believe it or not, the very first version of SAS Enterprise Guide (v1.0) shipped around the same time as SAS version 8.0 in 1999. If you tell me that you are still running that version, I would be both proud (since I helped to build it) and horrified (because it's so much better now!).