The old always gives way to the new. This fact is true of life. It’s even truer when it comes to software. Before you can say – “what a great piece of software!” the version changes. It takes just a click to uninstall the older software version and download the spanking newer variant. The memory of the older software gets left behind as a just a registry trace somewhere.

It also has a word of its own – Abandonware. Though meant for old and discarded games, it also covers older version software.

When it comes to technology, the speed of change is so rapid that we don’t really miss the older versions. Perhaps, with applications like operating systems and Office suites, we do fall into habits that sometimes are difficult to give up. But the changeover to the newer version of the tools is just a matter of time.

But just sometimes the older version software comes back into the scheme of things.

Just like when one of our readers asked an apt question. His query in bagas 31 touches upon his need to get a trial copy of Access 2003 so that he can study for an exam. I tried and have so far failed. Maybe you can help him out?

But while I was searching for that elusive software, I came across a few websites that keep copies of older software versions. Call it nostalgia or call it a “˜timely’ need, it’s important to know a few sources to get the oldies from.

OldVersion (Windows & Mac)

Start off from the categories under which all the old software are arranged. If not, there’s the search field on top. If both fail, the site has a forum of its own where you can post a question or help someone out with theirs (the forum seems to be down temporarily).

The site has been there since 2001, so expect to get some of the real oldies. The site lists 2,869 versions of 192 programs for both Windows and Mac. Mac users can choose from 601 versions of 35 programs.