One of the main questions slowing me from upgrading to Windows 8 is backwards-compatibility. I have many programs from smaller companies that I know will not be able to come up with a windows 8-specific version for a long time, so will I be able to use Windows 7 versions on Windows 8?

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    your answer - it depends.
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Oct 26, 2012 at 17:42

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According to Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO said at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2011.“The gateway to get to Windows 8 is Windows 7, and we will have backward compatibility with Windows 7 embedded into Windows 8. That's something that we're very committed to. But that's a really important first pillar,”. So according to Microsoft answer is yes.

source is: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-win8-win7-software-compatibility,13085.html

  • please cite your source.
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Oct 26, 2012 at 17:47
  • @Sathya now source is there
    – krupal
    Oct 26, 2012 at 17:49

A magazine article I read said that Windows 8 does provide backward compatibility for Windows 7 programs, so yes they should work on Windows 8.

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    "a magazine article you've read" is not a proper source of information Oct 26, 2012 at 17:44

Yes, all applications made in the last 10 years or so will work. MS works very hard to make sure that software (1st and 3rd party) remains usable..

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