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Newer isn’t always better. Just look at Windows 8, which most people agree is a step backwards from the thoroughly enjoyable-to-use Windows 7 The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide If you are afraid to upgrade from Vista or XP because you feel it is completely different to what you are used to, you should read this new guide. Read More . The mess Microsoft made with its latest operating system led many of us to stick with what we know, despite the older operating system losing its shiny luster. Is the same true of old software too?

We’re confident that plenty of you reading this are using old software that is well past its prime. And yet something draws you to carry on using it. We want to hear your story of using old software for this week’s We Ask You. And while we cannot guarantee we won’t laugh at you being a bit of a Luddite, you could win a geeky T-shirt for your efforts.

Respect Your Elders

We want to know, What Is The Oldest Piece Of Computer Software You Still Use? Whether it’s on PC or Mac, whether it’s well-known or obscure, whether it’s a game or a productivity tool, we would like to hear all about it.

This question was prompted by the responses to a recent article written by my colleague Justin Pot. He helpfully details how to get 16-bit software working on 64-bit versions of Windows Windows 3.Fun: Getting Really Old Software Running On A 64-Bit PC Windows 3.Fun: Getting Really Old Software Running On A 64-Bit PC Bit by bit, Windows' reverse compatibility is fading. Here’s how to fight that – and get incredibly old 16-bit software and games like Chip’s Challenge running. Read More , which prompted some people to then reveal the old software they still use today.

We know there are more of you out there using old software, and this is your chance to reveal your guilty secret. The software you name may not be glamorous or exciting, but it may prompt feelings of nostalgia in anyone else who once used it but have since moved onto something newer.


Tell us what piece of old software you use, and why you’re still using it to this day. Is it out of habit or necessity? Do the newer alternatives cost money or do they just suck? Do you actively enjoy using this old software or would you prefer to move onto something newer?

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You ResultsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Weekwhich will be included in the follow-up post!

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you. Unlike so many other websites, we value your opinions, as we know we can make use of them, thus closing the circle.

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