In a couple of my previous posts, I've unsuccessfully tried to guess when Mathematica 6 would be released. I got this email from Wolfram today:

Dear Mathematica User,

We're excited to tell you that you'll soon be able to upgrade to Mathematica 6--our most important release in almost 20 years. And while we know you've been enjoying the powerful capabilities of Mathematica 5.2, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to take full advantage of our forthcoming advances.

Subscribe to Premier Service, from now until March 15, and you'll receive Mathematica 6 at no charge, as well as any future upgrades during the term of your subscription.

You could infer from this that it will be released shortly after March 15. I can't wait to see what they included. If you have the current version, and have lapsed maintenance, this isn't a bad deal - the upgrade price will probably be about the same.

I know no more than you about what's happening, but I find dubious your reasoning that just because one buys a Premier Subscription by March 15 then a new version of Mathematica is going to be released by that date. I've seen many software publishers offer deals on service subscriptions that end on a certain date and promise a free upgrade to a new version, but that version is not released until well after that date.

Posted by: Murray Eisenberg | February 24, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Hi Murray,

Bear in mind that a Premier Subscription is really a maintenance contract, which always gets you free updates on all releases during the year it is in effect.

If I were to sign up for Premier Service on April 15, and Mathematica 6 is released in October, then I still get a free upgrade. The only way the March 15 date can be meaningful is if the release happens on that day.

If you read the email as saying, "if you don't sign up by March 15, you won't get a free upgrade", then that implies the release will happen on that day. That is certainly the implication of the email.

Either Wolfram is being sneaky and trying to drum up some extra first quarter maintenance revenue (any why does a private company care so much about making a quarter?), or the relase will be around that time.

Posted by: Craig Schmidt | February 24, 2007 at 09:07 PM

Hello!

Yesterday I attended the "Croatia Mathematica Event 2007" and appareantly M6 will not be released before summer 2007 ...

But beta seems very stable (with a lot of new interactive features)

Regards, Roman

Posted by: doknir | March 08, 2007 at 03:07 AM

Cool! Tommorrow is March 15. Let's see what will happen after that.

Thanks for posting!

Posted by: A.Torok | March 14, 2007 at 09:23 PM

It's the 25th, and nothing seems to have happened. Or am I missing something?

Posted by: loan | March 25, 2007 at 09:01 AM

I want version 6.

What can I do?

Posted by: nahid jafarian | March 26, 2007 at 03:16 PM

Hello!

http://www.wolfram.com/services/seminars/france2007/

Cheers, Roman

Posted by: doknir | March 28, 2007 at 06:00 PM

Hello!

Mathematica 6 will be out before October 2007: http://www.springer.com/west/home/computer/general?SGWID=4-155-22-97836125-0

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Not yet published. Available: October 2007

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This is one of the first books to describe & take advantage of Mathematica 6, which contains a fantastic array of new visualization functions & dynamic interactive graphics machinery.

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Cheers, Roman

Posted by: doknir | April 11, 2007 at 07:30 PM

There was one blog about Mathematica 6 on wordpress.com, now it's gone offline. Maybe some NDA issue? Did anyone have a look at that blog?

Posted by: loan | April 22, 2007 at 09:28 AM

On April 22, 2007 at 09:28 AM, loan wrote:

> There was one blog about Mathematica 6 on wordpress.com,

> now it's gone offline.

It's in Google's cache, but it's just the single sentence "I got on the beta program for Mathematica 6 and I am going to write up some of the new features on this site, as I discover them."

> Maybe some NDA issue?

I suspect that blogger remembered that that would violate his beta test agreement.

Posted by: Tim Hill | April 27, 2007 at 03:07 PM

The Mathematica 6 blog did have a few posts, once upon a time. I remember it has a picture of syntax coloring for the source code.

Posted by: Craig Schmidt | April 27, 2007 at 03:38 PM

Version 6 will be released today.

Posted by: Tim Hill | May 01, 2007 at 10:48 AM

There's info on version 6 on the wolfram website now. Not on the main page yet, but see...

http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/index.html

Posted by: Craig Schmidt | May 01, 2007 at 01:30 PM