With very little fanfare, ArcGIS 10.2.2 was released last week. Don’t be fooled by the lack of attention, this is an important update to your ArcGIS 10.2x install (or 10.1 if you were able to deal with some hiccups until now). This release is more of a Service Pack with lots of bug fixes and can be installed on top of an existing 10.2 install and is highly recommended. There are a few new features, including support for the OGC GeoPackage which will be further developed through 10.3. That’s right, there will be a 10.3 release.
This is an “easy” update, but always remember to read the upgrade/migration documentation for your current configuration. Things get more complicated when the entire Esri stack of software is being upgraded on a single machine, or when moving from older versions (9x or 10.0).
So will 10.3 (or 10.3.x) be the final nail in the ArcGIS Desktop 32-bit coffin? It would make sense that it would be the end for this cycle since ArcGIS Professional will be hitting the scene later this year in overlap. Esri probably doesn’t want to maintain two desktop streams for very long (makes sense). Anyone else having a flashback to the ArcView 3.3 /ArcGIS 8.0 overlap days?