Release strategy

Thermo Scientific Chromeleon CDS is used by laboratories in a wide range of different industries around the world. Many of our customers are challenged to improve efficiency and productivity whilst meeting the ever-increasing demands for regulatory compliance, data integrity and flawless operation.

To better meet the wide range of requirements from our customers, Thermo Fisher Scientific employs a release strategy for Chromeleon 7.2 SR5 and beyond that provides customers with the choice to deploy the version of Chromeleon CDS that best meets their needs.

  • Regular releases for major (7.X) and minor (7.X.Y) feature increments continuously introduce new innovations and enable customers to stay up-to-date with the newest technologies and latest advancements.
  • Long-term support (-LTS) releases enable customers to maintain utmost stability and robustness over an extended period with minimized validation efforts. Maintenance Updates (MU) are released every first month of a quarter.

This image shows an example overview of releases based on the new release strategy:

Release Strategy

Support status tables1

Chromeleon 7 CDS - New Release Strategy

Major Minor LTS Date Tested Windows® OS releases
7.2 7.2.8 No April 2018 Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
7.2 7.2.7 No November 2017 Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
7.2 7.2.6 No August 2017 Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
7.2 SR5 MUe YES2 May 2018 Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
7.2 SR5 March 2017

Chromeleon 7 CDS – Previous Release Strategy

Major release Recent release Date OS
7.2 SR5 MUb July 2017 Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
SR4 MUb3 June 2016 Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition
SR3 MUa3 October 2015 Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows Vista SP2 and above (32 bit)
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition
SR2 MUc3 April 2016
SR1 MUb3 June 2016 Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition SP1
Ultimate Edition SP1
7.2 MUd3 July 2016 Windows 7 SP1 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition SP1
Ultimate Edition SP1

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition
7.1 SR3 March 2014 Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition
7.0 SR1 May 2010 Windows Vista SP1 and above
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition

Thermo Scientific Dionex Chromeleon 6 Chromatography Data System

Release4 Recent release Date OS
6.80 SR165 December 2017 Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows 2008 Server R2

Windows 2008 Server SP1

Windows 2003 Server SP2
DU15b April 2016 Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows Vista SP2 (32-bit)
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows 2008 Server R2

Windows 2008 Server SP1

Windows 2003 Server SP2
DU15a May 2015
SR15 October 2014
  • 1 For more details about supported operating systems, such as exceptions for specific instruments or instrument combinations, please refer to the release notes, list of supported instruments, and installation guides for the specific release version, along with the relevant enterprise documentation.
  • 2 For LTS releases only the most recent maintenance update is mentioned.
  • 3 The most recent maintenance updates for older versions are supported on a best effort base
  • 4 Older versions of Chromeleon 6 are no longer supported
  • 5 Discontinuance notice: Chromeleon 6.8 CDS version SR16 is the final release of the Chromeleon 6.8 software platform. As of July 1st 2018 it is no longer sold to new customers. From July 1st 2019 Chromeleon 6 licenses are no longer updated. From now on only critical and major bugs will be considered for fixing and major issues will be fixed on a best effort. By January 2019, there will only be fixes for critical bugs that have a serious impact on data quality and system operations. By January 2020 we will no longer be able to provide bug fixes although support and services will continue on a best effort basis.
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