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CrashPlan Feature Spotlight: Forward compatibility

The engineering behind Apple’s Lion upgrade is truly amazing, loaded with industry firsts. Over one million downloads day 1 is a remarkable achievement!

Many of those new Lion users are also CrashPlan users, and today they are enjoying one of our favorite, but largely undocumented features: CrashPlan’s forward compatibility.

At Code 42 we’re committed to being with you at launch day for each OS. We’ve managed this feat every OS release since 2007, including OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Linux 2.6.x. It’s demanding work, but it’s worth it given our core audience is fellow techies who want the latest everything.

We’re passionate about delivering forward compatibility for two reasons:

It’s the right thing to do Human error is the number one cause of data loss, and an OS upgrade is one of those grand opportunities to make a major mistake. Every expert agrees: Back up before you upgrade! And what’s the point of backing up your data if you can’t restore it on your shiny new OS? It’s our job to ensure that CrashPlan is there for you, ready to restore in case something goes awry.

We want the same things We want the latest and greatest, shiny new objects and want to upgrade without fear, the same as a significant portion of our user community, technologists like us. Our goal is not to interfere, but to enable and encourage fearless upgrades. (It should be noted that internally at Code 42 we use CrashPlan as an excuse to demand upgrades for “uh.. testing” purposes.)

As a result, CrashPlan was fully compatible with Lion, from the moment of release. There are no known issues at this time. Just two things to keep in mind:

• You must launch CrashPlan desktop to trigger downloading the latest version of Java from Apple. (btw, Java on 10.7 is amazing; we’re huge fans.)

• Our unique “adopt a computer” feature allows you to do a clean install without having to back up everything over again!

With CrashPlan on your side, Lion’s really a pussycat.

Happy upgrading!

If your current backup provider has frozen you out of using Lion (Carbonite, we’re looking at you), now’s your chance to switch to CrashPlan. For a limited time, you can get 10% off an one-year unlimited plan at

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