Delphi XE and C++Builder XE Starter Editions – Officially announced

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Today is a very excited day here at Embarcadero, we officially announced the low cost versions of Delphi and C++Builder based on the current XE release. These new entry-level versions give independent developers, students and micro businesses low-cost access for the best IDE for native development.

The Starter Editions will allow developers to start building database applications using InterBase Express, hundreds of included components for creating user interfaces, touch/gesture-enablement, grids, Office-style ribbon controls, and other Windows controls, also you can install third party components and plugins.

You are only allowed to use the Starter Editions if you earn less than $1,000 US for the applications you create with Delphi or C++Builder, or organizations or companies with five or fewer developers and less than $1,000 US in total annual revenue, if starting making more then $1,000 or haring more developers this is a good sinal, your company is growing and you can upgrade for one of our higher editions Professional, Enterprise and Architect.

All information about the Starter Edition are available in our web site, check this out:

Delphi XE Starter Edition

C++Builder XE Starter Edition

If you are looking into start native windows development, Delphi XE and C++Builder XE are two great opportunities.

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18 replies
  1. david howes
    david howes says:

    So should we expect to see a massive price hike for future versions of professional and higher on the basis that any professional developer should be able to afford it?

  2. Klaus
    Klaus says:

    This is indeed good news – on the one hand. On the othetr hand stuying the feature matrix I discovered that in starter versin ther is no code completion for Delphi. I think this is a base functinality for RAD – *rapid* development. 🙁
    Another point: the feature matrix says (I know, Rave is not included in the starter version): “The full Rave 9.0 product can be purchased from Nevrona Designs at
    I guess this will never come true – if EMB will not aquire RAVE. At ther no mention of version 9…
    Anyway: Who uses Delphi 2009 or above can not base his work on Rave. So I think EMB should bundle Fast Reports with Delphi.
    Regards, Klaus

  3. C Johnson
    C Johnson says:

    Honestly, there are only a few features I would miss in the starter package.

    Add a 500$ sku (with a 300$ upgrade foir the future) that adds back in a few minor things like class completion and remove the earnings limitation and I think you would have a product that sells significantly better than PRO does and gives people an extra step in the process. Then if they need things like UML, they can go pro or higher.

    As a side note, since the Subversion integration is open source, leaving it out is really just a minor inconvenience is it not? One could just download, build and install it themselves – no?

    • Andreano Lanusse
      Andreano Lanusse says:

      Alexandre upgrade pricing is available to owners of any other IDE or software development tool including earlier versions of Delphi, C++Builder, Turbo Delphi, Turbo C++ or any other paid or free IDE (such as Visual Studio Express Editions, Lazarus, Eclipse, and others)

  4. Simon J Stuart
    Simon J Stuart says:

    I applaud Embarcadero for finally hearing the cries for an affordable solution for the aspiring developer out there.
    Plus, this is a brilliant way of exposing a new generation to Delphi… giving it even more of a future.

  5. Ade
    Ade says:

    Hi Andreano Lanusse,

    Finally affordable price.

    I had downloaded your skype api com at edn embarcadero website and I trying to install the package on Delphi XE starter and I got “can not found skypelogo.dcr”

    How can I solve it or can it be Starter limitation?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Curt Carpenter
    Curt Carpenter says:

    An outstanding value for the programmer doing non-commercial work — in the best tradition of Turbo Pascal and earlier versions of Delphi.

  7. Spudy
    Spudy says:

    Hi Andreano,
    I looking for “SkypeLogo.dcr” too, do you can send me it please?
    Or put one link to download it…


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