19 Jan 2011
09 Mar 2012
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For clarity: I initially thought the br tag bug modified your database data as you upgrade your site, but the br tag is appended during display only (ie: the data in the database is not corrupted, and left as is).
Therefore, it doesn't matter whether you skip 4.4 or not. And besides, the bug is not fixed in 5.0. But as Markus said, upgrading from 4.3 to 5.0 should work flawlessly, as officially stated by the Telerik team. If despite these claims there are known issues when upgrading from 4.3 to 5.0, then please let us know ASAP, because my team plans to do such upgrades soon.