For those who have installed the 2021 version of MCP Express and have not otherwise heard, this is the final release Unisys will make for this product. In August, Einar Flaathe kindly posted on comp.sys.unisys the following information that he had received from Unisys MCP Express Support concerning the release:

You are correct in that the MCP Express 6.0 content is the same as what was delivered 2H2020. The one difference is the original MCP Express 6.0 expired July 31, 2021 whereas the current package will expire December 31, 2021.

This is the last planned deliverable for MCP Express.

We encourage those who would like to continue to use an MCP environment to consider purchasing MCP DevStudio Personal Edition, or another ClearPath MCP Software Series offering, which provides an upgradable, non-expiring, supported environment.

One clarification I should make is that by "non-expiring" Unisys means that it doesn't expire on a given date each year. You license the software for a specified term, typically three or five years, and it becomes inoperable after that time unless you renew the license.

Presently, my understanding is that in the U.S. the cost of a Personal Edition license is on the order of $1500-$2000 USD per year, including maintenance and subscription.

  • Maintenance allows you to access the non-public portions of the Unisys support site, to download and install updates and fixes for your current release, and to submit trouble reports and new-feature suggestions.
  • Subscription allows you to upgrade major releases, e.g., from MCP 20 to MCP 21, during the term of your license. Subscription requires that you also purchase maintenance.

If you do purchase a license, I strongly encourage you also to purchase at least maintenance; otherwise you will not be able to receive any updates or fixes.

This blog to date has been mostly about installing and configuring MCP Express, as that is the topic on which we received the most questions. The bulk of what I have written, however, applies equally well to DevStudio editions and other MCP products. There is plenty more to say about MCP systems, so there are no plans for the demise of this blog.

Paul Kimpel

Paul started his career with Burroughs in 1970 on the then-new B6500, working with Large Systems at Burroughs and a few user sites through the 1970s. He has been an independent developer since 1979 and continues to provide consulting, training, support, and custom software development services for Unisys ClearPath MCP systems. His main interests are in the areas of data base and transaction processing system design, web-enabled user interfaces, integration of MCP and Microsoft environments, TCP/IP networking, object-oriented programming, and emulating old computer systems. He still programs in Algol.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Nick

    Another newsgroup had a post from somebody who seems to have found a source for the software; the terms were 1) 5-yr licence 20,000 Euro, 2) Must have a real company to bill to.
    Well, I can arrange the company thing but the 20 grand would be more difficult; the rate you quoted, though, might be doable.

    I’d like to find out for myself. Can you post a link? I’m Canadian, eh, so one that would work for me would be good.

    The old XE1000 seemed a bit unimaginative; there are many options that could be cheaply invoked to make a Personal Edition unattractive to a profit-making corporation. CPU slowdown to MicroA or A7 performance levels (restriction to single CPU was probably insufficient), for example, would be acceptable to me.


  2. jimcamel

    Aww, that’s kind of sad. I hadn’t been ‘playing’ with MCP Express since the fall of 2020 when I acquired an M1 Mac and mothballed my MacPro. Since the new M1 does not support Parallels to run native Windows 10 I was sort-of stuck. And, I guess it’s a bridge a bit-too-far to ever expect a version of MCP to run on Apple Silicon … although that might be a good thing.

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The Demise of MCP Express