forward compatible

Forward compatible describes a system that is designed in such a way that it fits with planned future versions of itself.

Also see backward compatible.

Forward compatible describes a system that is designed in such a way that it fits with planned future versions of itself. Forward compatible usually implies that dependent systems, such as application programs developed for a specific operating system, will work in a satisfactory way in future as well as in the current, forward compatible system.

This was first published in September 2005

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