Making Apps Vista-Ready
Microsoft has a pretty good track record for making old apps work on
new OSes. In fact, Redmond has been so concerned over the years with backward
compatibility that it didn't push as aggressively as it could to new technologies.
And all the code to support 8- and 16-bit apps made Windows 95, 98 and XP less
stable and less modern than it could have been.
Vista, as I understand, dispenses with some of that legacy code, so compatibility
might be an issue (you mean MultiPlan, WordPerfect 1 and dBASE 2 might not run?).
To help figure out what will work and what won't, and make broken apps whole
again, Microsoft has launched the Application
Compatibility Factory, where large systems integrators will help ensure
enterprise apps are ready for Vista.
Posted by Doug Barney on November 02, 2006