Linked by Stefan Michalowski, M. Sc. on Thu 19th Aug 2004 08:27 UTC
Editorial Lately posted on Slashdot, an article written by Joel Spolsky mentioned the trouble through which Microsoft went to make each version of Windows backwards compatible. In one case, for the game Simcity, they even changed the way memory handling was done when running that application. You can find additional stories of software tricks that recent versions of Windows have to perform in order to run these bug-dependant applications on the web. After reading the story, I discussed with a couple of friends how weird this was and how Free Software completely avoids this problem.
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The problem
by Smartpatrol on Thu 19th Aug 2004 15:56 UTC

The biggest problem is people insisting on using 10 year old software. The spend the money to upgrade their hardware and OS but do not bother to update their software with newer version or compairable soulutions. I sometimes dust off my old 200MMX system with DOS 6.2 on it just to play Transportation Tycoon. I don't expect it to run on my XP system(Although it may). Microsoft has been really kind to the whiners it would be nice to see them set a hard time frame for backward compatibility like 5 years.