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The evolution of digital technology can be ruthless in its speed.

Discussion:  Technology changes so fast and so often that sometimes it may seem as if software, for example, is outdated as soon as it is implemented.  Software companies need to find a balance between accommodating old software in new updates, and considering the old software obsolete.  If software companies choose to make new software and updates compatible with older software, they are creating more work themselves and the consumer has no incentive to purchase.  If old software is considered obsolete too soon, consumers may choose a different software provider that does support their older programs.

Source:  BBC News

Date:  August 11, 2011

Link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14437653

Discussion Questions:

  • Is there a general rule of thumb for how old is too old for software?
  • How might cloud computing make this problem non-issue?

 

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