A great new offer went live today for Release 8 licensees. Basically, you can trade in a Release 8 serial number to get 9 for $345 (a $250 savings), and you get to keep using Release 8.
Upgrades trade in an old serial number on a new product, wiping out the old serial number. To enable people to keep using 8 even after the trade, the new offers allow trade-ins of a Release 8 serial number on a Release 9 + 8 Universal bundle. The new 8 Universal license replaces the old 8 license.
That way, when you trade in your old Release 8 serial number, although that old serial number gets wiped out, in addition to your new 9 serial number, you also get a brand new Release 8 Universal x64 serial number. That's an especially good deal for people who will be trading in a Personal Edition or Professional Edition serial number, since they not only get 9, they also get a free upgrade to Universal x64.
If you have Release 8 Database Administrator Edition or Ultimate Edition, you get a similar deal. There is a new bundle of Release 9 + Release 8 Ultimate; if you trade your Release 8 Database Administrator or Release 8 Ultimate license towards the bundle, you get the bundle for $345. Basically, it works out the same in that you get a Release 9 license for $345 plus you get a fresh Release 8 Ultimate x64 license to replace the Release 8 license traded in. Trading in a Database Administrator license ends up getting a free upgrade to Ultimate x64.
All the above applies only to full Release 8 licenses, not to runtime licenses. It also applies only to unbundled Release 8 licenses, not to any Release 8 licenses acquired in a bundle with Radian Studio or Release 9 licenses, since such bundled licenses were part of special discount deals already.
Trade ins for Radian Studio to 9 will end in 2018 and won't be extended into 2019. So... those folks who have procrastinated about upgrading from Radian Studio to 9 should not miss the last chance special offer that runs through December 31.