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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


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