Software Updates Vs Software Upgrades



We all know that not updating or upgrading our software can lead to problems, but do we really know the differences between the two actions?


Whilst there are different reasons for each action, it is important to remember that software updates and a software upgrade will both affect product performance, and are integral to security, hardware compatibility, and a smooth user experience.


Software Updates

Software updates are typically small and released frequently, with the intention to:

  • Fix any known bugs or issues
  • Update any security protocols and patches
  • Add minor software enhancements and compatibility
  • Improve application speed/performance.


For example, a common operating system update is a security update, which is issued to protect your computer against vulnerabilities that might be exploited by hackers and viruses.


Although these updates, or software patches as they are sometimes referred to, are usually small, they do play an important role in the operation of your software.


Software Upgrades

Instead of adding to your existing software, an upgrade is a new version of the software product entirely. It will supersede the version you are currently using and come with more features and functions, incorporate new technology, and generally run smoother and easier.


In most cases, a new version of the software will be released when a significant change or major improvement has been made, or when after a while, a version of the software is no longer supported as it’s no longer compatible with the hardware and operating systems.


Typically, all software applications are assigned version numbers, in our case we have had Datalog 1,2,3,4 and are now operating on the latest version Datalog 5.2.

In both cases, it is important to remember that both software updates and software upgrades play an important part in the security, functionality, stability, performance, and user experience of the software platform your business is using.


Our latest software, Datalog 5.2, provides integration with a range of 3rd party technologies that optimise workplace safety, security, and building efficiency whilst providing a more flexible and enhanced solution, increasing the operator’s situational awareness and accountability while reducing risks.


If you would like to know more about our software solutions, or are an existing customer who believes you are running an outdated version of Datalog, please contact Cortech on 01925 750 600, or email so we can advise on your specific requirements.