• Support Policy

    Phone, email, and online support is available for the current release of the desktop products and for one year after they are no longer commercially distributed. This service includes assistance with installation and deployment, maintenance releases, licensing, use of the software and interpretation of the output. Our web-based applications, Companion and Quality Trainer, include support as well as automatic maintenance updates during the term of the license. Download the latest version of our products now at http://www.minitab.com/downloads/.

    Product Released Support End Date Environments Supported
    Minitab 18.x 07-June-2017 05-June-2020
    *Note: Limited licensing support only past this date
    Windows: 8, 8.1, 10
    Minitab 19.x 05-June-2019 TBD Windows: 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit version requires 64-bit Operating System)
    macOS: 10.14, 10.15 
    Express 1.5.x 18-May-2016 TBD Windows: 8, 8.1, 10
    macOS: 10.12, 10.13, 10.14
    Workspace 1.x 07-April-2020 TBD Windows: 8, 8.1, 10
    Companion 5.1.x, 5.2.x 5.1: 19-April-2017
    5.2: 13-March-2018
    01-September-2020 Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    Companion 5.3.x, 5.4.x, 5.5.x 5.3: 26-June-2019
    5.4: 10-December-2019
    5.5: 07-April-2020
    5.3: 10-December-2020
    5.4: 07-April-2021
    5.5: TBD
    Windows: 8, 8.1, 10
    SPM 8.x 01-March-2016 TBD Windows: 8, 8.1, 10 (SPM 8.3 -64 bit only)
    Linux: Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, CentOS 6.9, 7.5, RHEL 6.9, 7.5

    TBD = To be determined

    *The Support End Date in the table above references when customers will no longer receive full software support with use of the software, interpretation of output, installation, and licensing help. In some cases, Minitab Technical Support will provide limited licensing support for an additional period past the Support End Date as described above.

    Cloud Based Products

    Companion by Minitab® and Quality Trainer®

    Error Classification

    For purposes of this section an “Error” is defined below and classified as either Level 1 (High), Level 2 (Medium), or Level 3 (Low).

    • Level 1 (High): Error that results in loss of all of the Service’s processing capability.
    • Level 2 (Medium): Error that disables major functions from being performed and therefore affects the normal operation of the Service.
    • Level 3 (Low): Error that disables only certain non-essential functions, does not affect normal operation of the Service, and does not have an impact on Your business operations.

    Response Times to Errors

    • Level 1 (High): We will immediately undertake a concerted support effort in accordance with industry standard best efforts to resolve the problem, if possible, until the Service is returned to operation. Level 1 Errors will be escalated to Our delegated support manager. As needed, We will provide You with regular ongoing status reports until the Service returns to operation.
    • Level 2 (Medium): After Our ability to duplicate the Error, We will undertake a concerted support effort to resolve the problem, if possible, in accordance with industry standard best efforts.
    • Level 3 (Low): After Our ability to duplicate the Error, We will review and evaluate the Error for determination of appropriate resolution, if any, in accordance with industry standard best efforts.

    Desktop Products

    Minitab® Statistical Software, Minitab Express, Minitab Workspace and SPM® – Salford Predictive Modeler

    Error Classification

    For purposes of this section an “Error” is defined below and classified as either Level 1 (High), Level 2 (Medium), or Level 3 (Low).

    • Level 1 (High): An Error in the Software that results in a complete loss of operational functionality.
    • Level 2 (Medium): An Error in the Software that results in a loss of major functionality affecting normal operation of the Software.
    • Level 3 (Low): An Error in the Software that results in loss of only certain non-essential functionality and does not affect normal operation of the Software and does not have an impact on Your business operations.

    Response Times to Errors

    • Level 1 (High): We will immediately undertake a concerted support effort in accordance with industry standard best efforts to resolve the problem, if possible, until the Software is returned to operational functionality. Level 1 Errors will be escalated to Our delegated support manager. As needed, We will provide You with regular ongoing status reports until the Software returns to operational functionality.
    • Level 2 (Medium): After Our ability to duplicate the Error, We will undertake a concerted support effort to resolve the problem, if possible, in accordance with industry standard best efforts.
    • Level 3 (Low): After Our ability to duplicate the Error, We will review and evaluate the Error for determination of appropriate resolution, if any, in accordance with industry standard best efforts.

    Statistical Consulting

    If you need assistance using a statistical tool or understanding the output generated by the software, our technical support team can help. However, if you need help choosing an appropriate statistical tool for your project or interpreting the output relative to your process, you need the personalized support available through our Statistical Consulting service.

    To help clarify the differences between technical support and statistical consulting, consider the following examples:

    Technical Support Questions

    How do I create a fractional factorial design in Minitab?

    What does the number of distinct categories mean in the Gage R&R output, and how is it calculated?

    When I analyze my data using regression, I get an error. What does the error mean?

    Statistical Consulting Questions

    Should I create a fractional factorial design for my project?

    I have four distinct categories, according to my Gage R&R output. Is this acceptable?

    Should I use regression to analyze my data?

    In some cases, our technical support staff may provide assistance with statistical concepts as part of answering a question about software use. But questions that are clearly about statistical concepts are referred to our statistical consultants, all of whom are seasoned statisticians with years of quality improvement experience.

    Statistical Tutoring

    If you have a few general statistical questions related to an analysis in our software, our technical support team is often able to assist. However, the technical support team does not provide extensive statistical instruction. You will need to begin building a foundation of knowledge via a statistical reference that thoroughly covers the tool or topic of interest. You may also want to consider:

    Questions that indicate a need for more extensive statistical instruction than our technical support team provides will most often be referred to one of the previously mentioned resources.

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