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by Super User
on ‎12-13-2014 07:51 PM

That sounds more like a business problem, having multiple people in the same office on different versions of the same software.

A lot of softwares don't offer backwards compatibility, i.e. Microsoft Office, Tableau. 

by Super User
on ‎12-16-2014 10:40 AM

But in all these office suites, you have the option of saving in a previous format.

Not having that option is a serious flaw in EG, IMO.

by PROC Star
on ‎12-18-2014 10:50 AM

It also makes upgrading a pain, even as an individual.  If I'm happily working in version X, would be nice to play around in version X+1 with my current projects without committing to new version.  For now, I end up using version X+1 for a while and can open old projects, but I have to remember NOT to save them so that they are not converted to X+1.

by Contributor thesasuser
on ‎12-23-2014 10:53 AM

Well Reeza I appreciate your comments. Microsoft office does offer backward compatibility.

You can always open and save in older formats.

If one does not have this ability, then the install may not be complete.

I repeat SAS EG should have the ability to import and export into earlier versions.

by Super User
on ‎12-23-2014 12:46 PM

In Excel you can save it as an older version, but the older versions can't open the new ones either without an add in or update.Still no guarantee that it will work either. You might be wanting forward compatibility instead of backwards?

From wikipedia:

In telecommunications and computing, a product or technology is backward compatible or downward compatible if it can work with input generated by an older product or technology such as a legacy system.[1] If products designed for the new standard can receive, read, view or play older standards or formats, then the product is said to be backward-compatible; examples of such a standard include data formats and communication protocols. Modifications to a system that do not allow backward compatibility are sometimes called "breaking changes."

The reverse is forward compatibility, which implies that old devices allow (or are expected to allow) data formats generated by new (or future) devices, perhaps without supporting all new features. A standard supports forward compatibility if older product versions can receive, read, view, or play the new standard.

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