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Chapter 18. The Classic Environment > The Classic Environment

The Classic Environment

One of the goals of the Mac OS X development team was to build an operating system that would allow for compatibility with most existing Mac application software. After all, who would buy Mac OS X if they couldn’t use their favorite applications with it?

The developer’s strategy was to make it possible for Mac OS 9.1 or later to run as a process within Mac OS X. Users could then run applications that had not yet been updated for Mac OS X within the Mac OS 9.x process, which is called the Classic environment.


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