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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No Surprise Here
by Anony on Sat 21st Aug 2004 16:28 UTC

From Windows 3.1 up to Windows 9x, WIN.INI (or SYSTEM.INI) used to have [compatibility] and [compatibility32] sections under it to cater for software compatibity.

And I believe Windows Update IS _still_ providing compatibility updates to Windows 2000 ...