Antique Software

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What Does Antique Software Mean?

Antique software refers to any software that is no longer operational nor supported by its publisher. It is an obsolete software or application that was designed for computers, systems or devices that are no longer used.

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Techopedia Explains Antique Software

Antique software refers to any software that is not usable in current technology environments. In other words, it is obsolete. Although most operating systems and computer systems support backward compatibility, antique software might not be compatible with current software and hardware systems. Antique software is different from legacy software in that it is completely outdated and has been phased out, whereas legacy software is still in use but lacks the modern/current features of newer systems.

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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.