Friday 18 September 2009

Windows 7 - Some Overal Compatibility Results

We have been busy!

Over the past few months, we have been working with Microsoft and their partners to get a early view on the compatibility issues that Windows 7 might raise with client application portfolios.

This process was called a Proof of Concept (POC) and covered the following platforms;

     • Windows 7
     • Office 2007
     • Internet Explorer 8
     • Microsoft App-V (Virtualization)

Drawing from clients across Europe and America, the company I work for (ChangeBase) was able to rapidly deliver automated application compatibility assessments for Windows 7, Microsoft’s App-V virtualization technology, Microsoft Office 2007 suitability and Internet Explorer (IE8) compatibility in minutes per client.

Our software was able to generate a comprehensive report on specific application compatibility issues and then automatically fixing a select number of business critical applications. This ensured that these updated application packages were fully compliant with Microsoft and Industry Standards for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 operating system platforms.

And, here is the part you are interested in...

From this large portfolio of applications, the following application compatibility results were generated;

Where Red issues represent non-fixable applications, Amber indicated fixable (manual and automated fixing included) and Green represents applications without reported issues. This means that 92% of applications were ready to deploy to Windows 7. From these results the top application compatibility issues were;

I find these kind of numbers fascinating as it shows that each application portfolio has a large number of applications that need some work to getting working on Windows 7. Most importantly, it looks like these issues can be readily fixed. Making the resultant applications ready for deployment for Windows 7.

For my next posting, I will discuss some of the RED issues; those that can't be easily fixed and may require an application upgrade.

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