Giving vendors time to adopt to changes is not being backwards
compatible.   It's saying that they aren't backwards compatible and that
the vendors need to adapt.  As will the users further down the food

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Steve Richter
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 9:36 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: MS Vista and iSeries Access support

On 11/14/06, DeLong, Eric <EDeLong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Your statement was "MSFT is really good about maintaining backwards
compatibility"....  This has NEVER been a focus of MS....  With MS,
when they >come out with their next generation of development tools, one
must either decide >to abandon their current projects and start again in
the new platform, OR they >can just stay a a backlevel release and
continue until MS drops support for their >version.

and I stand by it, Eric. What evidence do you have of a new release of
Windows breaking old software? The drivers?  I guess there are some
because MSFT, to its credit, is not reluctant to rewrite core components
of their OS. But vendors are given plenty of notice when changes like
this are coming down the pike. IBM has probably had Vista for 12 months
now, esp the technical specs. If they have not been able to test
everything and assure their users that client access will work, then
that is their fault.

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