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ArcGIS 10.3 is a full release of the ArcGIS platform. It includes new products, enhanced functionality, and stability improvements.

When will ArcGIS 10.3 be available?
ArcGIS 10.3 is now available (release date: December 10, 2014). This release includes ArcGIS Pro in prerelease. The final version of ArcGIS Pro is expected in January 2015.

What can I expect with ArcGIS 10.3?
ArcGIS 10.3 will transform the way you do GIS. It lets you

  • Unlock a growing list of apps with your ArcGIS Online login
  • Build on the GIS tools you already have
  • Experience the intuitive new interface of ArcGIS Pro
  • Visualize your data in 3D on tablets, smartphones, and the web
  • Meet requirements for open data
  • Use new versions of ArcGIS SDKs and APIs to speed your development and make better apps

ArcGIS for Desktop

At 10.3, ArcGIS for Desktop includes many enhancements to ArcMap and a brand new 64-bit, multithreaded application called ArcGIS Pro. This fast and exciting addition to ArcGIS for Desktop offers new contextual ways to view, edit, and create 2D and 3D layers, maps, and projects. ArcGIS Pro is connected seamlessly with your ArcGIS Online organization account (or Portal for ArcGIS) so you can access important content, and easily share your work for collaboration, review, and final delivery.

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ArcGIS for Server

At 10.3, ArcGIS for Server includes stability enhancements and improved functionality throughout the product. The Portal for ArcGIS extension for Server is now included with ArcGIS for Server Standard and Advanced (both Enterprise and Workgroup). Portal enables organizations to take advantage of the growing list of apps available with ArcGIS. They can access these apps in their own infrastructure (on-premises and in virtualized environments) and achieve similar functionality as an ArcGIS Online organization but with the added benefit of having a powerful GIS server for web-enabling deep analytics, modelling, and complex workflows.

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ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is updated about once a quarter. The December 2014 release includes a new 3D Scene viewer that complements the capability of ArcGIS Pro to create 3D scenes. You can interact with a published scene or create 3D scenes. Other updates and enhancements include the ability to take hosted tile layers offline, new analytical functions for creating a viewshed or watershed, and a new configurable app template that provides directions.

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Imagery, basemaps, demographics, and Tapestry lifestyle data are among the content that comes with ArcGIS. This content is continually updated so you have access to the most current maps, layers, and data for your projects.

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Moving forward, apps will be the way many people interact and work with the ArcGIS platform. Decision makers, non-GIS professionals, and the public are exposed to a wealth of geographic knowledge and spatial benefits via apps that meet both their personal and professional needs. ArcGIS includes many productivity apps that you can use right out of the box, as well as tools to build your own custom apps.

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The ArcGIS platform includes Runtime Software Development Kits (SDKs) that empower developers to build mapping and GIS applications for web, mobile, and desktop clients to support common workflows for their customers. ArcGIS Runtime SDKs make it easy to create compelling custom applications that integrate geospatial data and GIS capabilities. ArcGIS 10.3 has support for QML and QT 5.3 deployed across the following platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, and Windows. Updates to existing SDKs for Android, iOS, OS X, .NET, and Java will also be available at 10.3.

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The ArcGIS platform includes collections of configurable maps and apps that align with your business needs and expand the use of geographic information in your organization.

Esri is increasing the number of ArcGIS solutions and adding a series of new maps and apps to the existing offerings to include maps and apps for local and state government, emergency management, utilities, telecommunications, parks and gardens, military, and intelligence.

In addition, we'll be providing a series of configurable apps that can be used across one or more solution domains. These apps include: Service Lookup; Find, Edit, Filter; Briefing Book; and Crowdsourcing.

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