First impressions with Acronis True Image 2014 Premium
As part of a Halloween promotion, I received an email inviting me to upgrade to Acronis True Image 2014 (I owned 2 TI licenses, one regular and a Family Pack, allowing installation in 3 different PCs). The price seemed interesting and I followed the link, ending up at Acronis website. A quick view allowed me to realize they were offering a new Premium version, that basically includes what before was available under the add-on pack - the possibility to restore to totally different hardware. I had no real reason to upgrade, TI 2013 has been working uneventfully, both on 7 and 8, but the price for 2014 Premium was too good to be true - 16 euros (around $20) for a Family Pack upgrade, which meant around 5 euros per license. This was an incredible price, considering the regular upgrade price is usually $39,99 - and I would be getting the Premium version, the upgrade for that one usually costing $59,99. So I took the plunge.
I have already installed TI 2014 Premium on my Windows 8.1 laptop. Everything went uneventfully. The UI is pretty much the same as in TI 2013 and the backup performance is pretty much the same, as well. So, for once, the new version seems reliable enough, with no unpleasant surprises, which is not that common with TI. 2014 seems a good, robust, as easy to use version as TI 2013, at least for my usage habits.