Wednesday 26 August 2009

Microsoft updates Compatibility Documentation

This may be an accident, or just a minor typo.

Microsoft has updated it's overview document on compatibility strategies for dealing with Windows 7 application issues.

The document is worth a read as it sums up all of Microsoft's current strategies for mitigating application compatibility issues in a single document. Note: for you technical people out there, the price for all this information in one place is that all that compatibility information is delivered at a pretty high level. So, consider it an executive overview.

The document covers topics that include;

  • Increasing Reliability
  • Enhancing Security
  • Improving Performance
  • Advancing Usability
  • Removing Legacy Components

In addition, it delivers a high level introduction to the following Microsoft technologies;

  • Windows Virtual PC
  • Windows XP Mode for Windows 7
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
  • Application Virtualization (App-V)

I suggest that the real meat of the document is included in the "Removing Legacy Components" section, which is surprisingly complete and offers a moderate level of detail.

You can find the document here:

Quite amusingly, the document publishing date is September 2009. So, this may be a mistake, and you probably should download a copy sooner rather than later.

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