What is a Soft Fork?
"In terms of blockchain technology, a soft fork (or sometimes softfork) is a change to the software protocol where only previously valid blocks/transactions are made invalid. Since old nodes will recognize the new blocks as valid, a softfork is backward-compatible. This kind of fork requires only a majority of the miners upgrading to enforce the new rules, as opposed to a hard fork which requires all nodes to upgrade and agree on the new version."
A soft fork can still work with older versions.
"Soft forks do not carry the double-spend risk that plagues hard forks, since merchants and users running old nodes will read both new and old version blocks."
BIP 66: A soft fork on Bitcoin’s signature validation
P2SH: A soft fork that enabled multi-signature addresses in Bitcoin’s network