System Requirements - 3.9/4.0

The next version of Evolve contains a number of features that relies on some of the newer technologies offered by Microsoft.  In order for you to take advantage of these new features, you have to ensure your server and workstations are installed with these Microsoft updates.

Software requirements to be confirmed with your IT:

  1. The newest upgrade of Legal Evolve requires the Microsoft .net framework 4.5 to be installed on all PCs and the server
  2. Windows XP is not supported
  3. Outlook 2003 and lower not supported

Some of the new features in Evolve require the .NET Framework 4.5.  Because we deliver the software as a single package, if you are still using Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, we will unfortunately not be able to provide the new Evolve release to you.  It is also worth noting that Microsoft have stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014, and have also stopped supporting Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.  

We have other requirement such as Powershell 4.0, that can only be installed with the Management framework 4.0 that comes with Windows 2008 R2 servers or newer. There are some system such as Small Business Servers that do not support Powershell 4.0, and unfortunately we will not be able to support these.

The Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) Service needs to be running on both the application server and SQL server. This is required to ensure cheque requisition and other accounting operations can run successfully.

From version 3.9 onwards, various analytical functions have been made available in the software. They will require the "Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services OLEDB Provider, 64-bit (SQL_AS_OLEDB.msi)" to be installed. This should be installed on both the application server and client machines. This is not dependent on the version of SQL installed, and can be downloaded here (

Before we can proceed with the update, please ensure that all the requirements in the attached document are addressed, and written confirmation provided by your IT. Please contact us if you require further assistance and clarification on this issue at

Note: Microsoft Office 2003 and lower

While emailing from Evolve to Office 2003 does work if you wish to avail of the ability to have emails automatically file back into the matter in Evolve, this is no longer supported in MS Office 2003 and lower. The MS Office Add-ins (See Add-ins user guide) are also not supported in MS Office 2003.

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