I'd appreciate more support for 1.6 at this time, because 1.7 is completely unusable as far as my experience goes.
1.6 works flawlessly, outside of exclusive mode.
1.7 - I was unable to get the controller to map properly for DirectInput games (FFVII). I was then unable to get the controller to even respond outside of the touchpad, meaning that no buttons, or axis worked at all. Upon uninstalling 1.7, the icons for 1.6 became screwed up (the profiles icon was literally a ")" ), to the point of having to uninstall everything IM-related from my PC and reinstalling 1.6.
I don't know what 'phased out' means, but from my experience, 1.7 is simply not a functional replacement or upgrade at this time.
Did you ask for support or read the documentation for 1.7?
Did you read the above comment where I said "If you dont want to use the newer version of IM then you should be able to install HidGuardain Cerberus Whitelister from the downloads section here for use with older versions."?
1.6 is not under development anymore. I have precious little time as it is to waste it on trying to maintain several versions at once when there is no reason to.