forward compatible

forward compatible

forward compatible

Hardware or software that is compatible with subsequent versions of the product. Also called "upward compatible." When a product or interface is said to be forward compatible, it is really a statement of intent that future versions of the product will be designed to be backward compatible with this one. See backward compatible.
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Microsoft's products will also support additional Indian languages as and when their IDNs and email addresses become available in the future, making this feature forward compatible.
The system has been developed to meet the requirements of the WPC, is adaptable to new standard updates and is uniquely forward compatible.
The system being deployed is forward compatible with SES-17, SES' powerful Ka-band HTS satellite optimized for aviation connectivity and expected to launch in 2020, thus ensuring Thales' airline clients have a clear and effective path for accommodating the ever-growing traffic demands of their passengers.
Backward and forward compatible to meet future data rates without replacing infrastructure.
We'll see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation and allow the same games to run backwards and forward compatible because we have UWAs [universal Windows applications] running on top of UWP [the universal Windows platform].
The Gold Mount provides an interchangeable battery system using a forward compatible approach originally developed by Anton/Bauer.
He was also awarded the Joint Achievement Medal for outstanding achievement for his work as a System Acceptance Tester for the Forward Compatible Payroll System.
The UL/CUL approved series offers design flexibility as it is backwards compatible with legacy lower-density boards, and forward compatible with boards now used in high-density test environments.
During this review, we became aware that in April 2003 the Department of Defense (DOD) authorized the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to initiate a pilot project to demonstrate its ability to develop an interim military pay system, called Forward Compatible Military Pay, before DIMHRS is fully operational.
In addition, it is fully backward and forward compatible with the other members of the Sun Ray family.
With today's Ultra2SCSI, disk arrays can be plug-and-play backward compatible all the way to SCSI-1 of 1984 and forward compatible to Ultra160/m and possibly beyond, which ensure investment protection well into the next five years.
The current suite, Office 97, is adequate and all but the Access database is fully backward and forward compatible.