Bug Compatible

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What Does Bug Compatible Mean?

A bug compatible piece of software is a piece of software that has bugs or glitches in common with a prior version of the software. The idea is that a company has not improved the product to eliminate the bugs.

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Bug compatible is also known as bug-for-bug compatible.

Techopedia Explains Bug Compatible

Although “bug compatible” might sound like a positive term, because compatibility is typically positive, it is actually a criticism of the software. Companies are supposed to create successive versions that remove and eliminate bugs from a design. When they fail, someone might use the term “bug compatible” to criticize the lack of improvement in development.

This term is similar to the term “bug for bug compatible,” another derogatory term that indicates all of the bugs in the previous version are still present in the successive version of the software product.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.