backwards compatible

Definitions

General Science

  • noun working with all the old adapter cards designed for earlier versions of the computer
  • noun providing the same functions as the previous version and able to read the files created in the previous version

Computing

  • adjective able to work with older versions or systems
  • adjective used to describe a new piece of software that provides the same functions as the previous version and can read the files created in the previous version

Information & Library Science

  • adjective relating to a computer hardware or software product that is compatible with its predecessors to the extent that it can use interfaces and data from earlier versions
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