Have you ever wondered what happens to all those older versions of software? Nope…neither did I, until one day I updated my DVD software, installing an update 3 versions up, not sure why since the current version was working like a charm and did everything I wanted it to. So I continued to install the latest version and everything looked nice and sleek with a new interface, I had this nice feeling inside like wearing freshly washed clothes, it wasn’t until I started burning a DVD when everything went horribly wrong. I won’t go into specifics, but iam guessing my old pc didn’t like the latest glossed up version. So I hit the uninstall button and went back to install the previous version. To my horror I no longer had it?! And neither did the publishers website!
You see most software companies commonly ditch older versions once a new update has been released, making all previous versions obsolete and quite possibly lost forever. Alexander Levine founder of Oldversion.com had realized this dilemma and in 2001 started the process of collecting and archiving older versions of software with the help of the online community who would contribute in submitting files through the website.
When a new version of software is released, it is commonly greeted with great enthusiasm, bringing promise of better functionality, removal of bugs and more features. But as we know this isn’t always the case with everyone having a different system setup, the newer version of software may no longer be compatible, or the tasty new features added might just be bloat ware that hinders the original use of the software completely.
Because newer is not always better, a true saying not only in the case for software but with most things in life, a change can be good, but if it doesn’t work out, it would be nice to have the option to go back to the old ways