And you thought Windows 1.0 was dead…

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The Edelman tech team yesterday made sure the “ticking time bomb” of not being able to access old file formats was safely defused in an event for our Microsoft client in partnership with the UK National Archives.  

Not being able to access older file formats is a growing problem as new machines simply don’t support technologies such as the good old floppy disk, unlike the paper that sits on the shelves of the British Library.

In an effort to combat the problem the National Archives will be able to emulate older versions of Microsoft programs to ensure that all information developed on systems that have been consigned to the technological scrapheap is not lost. 

Read the BBC coverage of the event here, including a video of Microsoft’s UK MD, Gordon Frazer, showing the emulation in action.     

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