Sunday 10 June 2007

AAE Q68: 'update' vs 'upgrade'

Hi Matt

I would like to ask you what's the difference between upgrade and update



Hi Josef

To upgrade: to replace (a program or device) with a more recently released, better version. Upgrades are major revisions.

To update: to add and delete elements of data (to a program or device), bringing it more up-to-date. Updates are often small bug fixes

To give you an example: My computer uses Windows XP and every few weeks I get some updates from Microsoft, but eventually I might want to upgrade to Windows Vista.

Hope this answers your question


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