For existing RDD customers, there is no need to update to the new version. Over the next few weeks, the support team will automatically update registered VMs to RDD 1.8 as part of the service.
In RDD 1.8 we have added:
As always great questions. In later releases, 2.0+, we will offer an option to upgrade on-demand. However, at the moment we are being careful with the potential load this can generate on infrastructure and there are a few feature requests ahead of this one.
Regarding RDD VM performance in previous versions, the 1.8 release has a lot of code refactoring and optimizations. I don’t make a habit of calling that work out in announcements as it’s not a “feature” or easily seen. In 1.9 we will introduce a new MVC Framework, UI, and Case Management features. Stay tuned for more details.