New Matlab release vs updates

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Maria on 9 Mar 2021
Commented: Maria on 9 Mar 2021
I saw that Matlab R2020b is available. However, I just made the update 6 for my version R2020a.
My question is : is Matlab R2020b == Matlab R2020a update 6 ?
Should I preferably install the lastest version (R2020B), or are updates enough?

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John D'Errico
John D'Errico on 9 Mar 2021
Are they the same? No. You can look at the release notes to see what changes were made, and to decide if anything in there is important to you. In some cases, you might see bugs fixed.
Should you install it? This is up to you. Note that there are no updates made to old releases from past years, so if there are problems that are found, those bugs will not be fixed if you stay in a previous release. Clearly they cannot keep maintaining releases over a span of many years, since that would take a massive amont of work. So once a year is quit, any patches and new features will go only into the new releases.
Maria on 9 Mar 2021
Thanks for the hint!

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