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Backward compatibility of Windows 10

Date: 01 Oct 2014    Group: Operating Systems    Category: Windows OS   

Looks like Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and announced Windows 10. I am worried about the apps we purchased for Windows 7 and 8. Is Windows 10 backward compatible? Will it support the apps we purchased for Windows 8? Please give me some tips on the backward compatibility and support for old apps.

Want to learn about the backward compatibility of Windows 10? Do you want to know if your Windows 8 apps will work on Windows 10? Find out more in this thread.

Author: Tony John    01 Oct 2014      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2    Voting Score: 0

It is too early to talk about the backward compatibility of apps on Windows 10. According to Microsoft, this is a new Windows based on the "mobile first, cloud first" strategy. While the company has tried to avoid radical changes in the UI, there are huge changes behind the scenes. According to the official announcement, the new Windows 10 is built from "ground-up". In a few places, they have mentioned about backward compatibility as well.

Here is what Microsoft says about backward compatibility:

"We know that app compatibility is critical for business. While we strive to have great compatibility with all existing apps, we've added tools for compatibility testing.".

So, I think we should be prepared to see a lot of compatibility issues and non-compatible apps. Windows 8 introduced HTML 5 as the default language for building apps for Windows. It is unclear whether that will remain the same or not!

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