We just upgraded to 2016 and now my vendor says he can't open our files. My understanding is that SP5 should be able to open 2016 files.
The correct term is not compatibility, but interoperability. As such, SW 2015 SP5.0 can open SW 2016 files. See below.
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Future Version Components in Earlier Releases
Hi Alin, I thought they removed that functionality? or was it only for 2014 it was removed? The bottom of the Help link you provided states:
"Previous release interoperability does not work with SOLIDWORKS 2014. You cannot open files from SOLIDWORKS 2015 in SOLIDWORKS 2014 Service Pack 5."
Please see Jody Stiles reply at Will solidworks 2016 files work with 2015? .
It works in 2015 for opening 2016 files. I just did that in the picture shown above.
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