vBulletin 5 won’t have the same features as vBulletin 4 out of the gate

UPDATE: vBulletin 5.0 BETA 10 was released to the public for purchase on 9/11/2012, with disappointing reviews. Many more features are missing from the original release, and there are restrictive changes to the new license. Buyer beware.

There’s been another leaked communication from a survey that Invision Brands sent to customers of the vBulletin Mobile Sweet. In in, the survey asks customers…

Due to heavy demand for the next version of vBulletin coupled with our commitment to releasing it with the best quality possible, we are considering releasing vBulletin 5 Connect in phases,meaning that not all of its components will be immediately available at launch. If we choose this path, the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite will be one of those delayed components. Were this to happen, which of the following do you feel would be the best option for your situation when vBulletin 5 Connect launches?

  • Upgrade to vBulletin 5 Connect and possibly wait a few months until the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite is ready (your current mobile app will be unusable during this period).
  • Switch to the branded version of the Forum Runner Mobile App TEMPORARILY until the vBulletin 5 Connect-compatible version of the Mobile Suite is Ready (you will need to invest $299 for setup and your members would need to download the new app). When the new Mobile Suite app is ready, you will be able to switch back. The Mobile Suite’s annual renewal fee, due on the date of your ORIGINAL purchase, is $99.

This rankled up customers who were promised that vBulletin 5 was going to be released by the end of the year, with the same features of vBulletin 4.  In addition, it proves that vBulletin didn’t really think about its recent purchase of the Forum Runner forum applcation, which provides the same features, and can directly compete with, the vBulletin Mobile Suite. Invision Brands is in such a mess, they moved almost all vBulletin 4 development (including the mobile suite) to work on vBulletin 5. That means the buggy mobile suite won’t be fixed for a while, if at all, because vBulletin 5 is to be released within 4 months. On top of that, the next version of vBulletin 4 (4.2.1) is ready to be released, but can’t because it is dependent on the mobile suite changes being released.

It  appears vBulletin customers saw this type of thing coming, even questioning Invision Brand’s intent to keep the mobile suite development going after it had made the Forum Runner purchase.

Lawrence Cole, marketing and operations manager of vBulletin, finally responded with a confirmation that the version of vB 5 won’t have the same features as vB 4 when it’s released….

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