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compatibility mode

[kəm‚pad·ə′bil·əd·ē ‚mōd]
(computer science)
A feature of a computer or operating system that enables it to run programs written for another system.

compatibility mode

A feature of a computer or operating system that allows it to run programs written for a different system. Programs often run slower in compatibility mode. See emulator.
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In recent years, instrument vendors have gotten better at offering compatibility modes that allow you to move from an old instrument to a newer, faster, more capable model.
Apart from learning the new interface and remembering to use the compatibility mode when needed, I found no downsides.
If long mode is active and CS.L=0 then the processor is set to run m compatibility mode. Compatibility mode maintains binary compatibility with applications written in 16- and 32-bit x86 modes.
Both the RWR and ECM system architectures were driven by this compatibility mode.
The company's CEO Pete Lau, along with the Co-Founder Carl Pei, explained that the notch is the best way to provide more usable screen area to the user, but those who are averse to it will also be able to hide it using a compatibility mode, which is presumed to black out the sides of the notch to give an impression of a top bezel.
As for software, Pei briefly discussed how the company is manually testing the top 1,000 Play Store apps to determine which would need a compatibility mode for the notch.
AnandTech (also attending the event) noted that Microsoft execs also acknowledged Windows 8.1 Update 1 will include IE8 compatibility mode in IE11 -- previously reported as IE11 Enterprise Mode.
The iPad 3, 4, and Mini are supported in compatibility mode.
Also, with Cray's Cluster Compatibility Mode (CCM), Cray XE6m customers also benefit from the streamlined installation of a broad set of independent software vendor (ISV) applications.
It can be configured in compatibility mode, mapping the PCI-X configuration space to match the x86 standard primary and secondary IDE ports.
Long mode consists of two sub-modes: 64-bit mode and compatibility mode. 64-bit mode supports new 64-bit code through the addition of eight general-purpose registers and widens them all along with the instruction pointer.
The renders also give a look at the iPhone-X like notch on top of the display and as the company has said earlier, there will be a compatibility mode on the device, which will allow users to hide the notch.