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Merge replication allows you to specify the types of Subscribers that a publication must support. Selecting Subscriber types sets the publication compatibility level, which determines which features can be used by a publication.
After a publication snapshot is created, the publication compatibility level can be increased (made more restrictive) on the General page of the Publication Properties dialog box; the compatibility level cannot be decreased.