CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
When software developers upgrade an application, they are often tempted to go beyond improving the existing program and add something new, just so they can say there's a new feature. The word creep describes the slow accumulation of features over progressive upgrades, a tendency that leads to two problems: as software programs mature, the new features get increasingly esoteric; each additional feature makes the program bigger and more complex.
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