Barney's Blog

Blog archive

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 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • Microsoft Releases Migration Manager for SharePoint Server

    Microsoft this week announced updates to the SharePoint Migration Tool, plus commercial release of Migration Manager.

  • Version 2004 of Windows 10, Windows Server Released

    Microsoft announced the latest update milestones for Windows 10 and Windows Server this week.

  • Microsoft Projects Q4 Release for Universal Print Solution

    Microsoft's plan to alleviate organizations of the pain of managing print servers continues to take shape.

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.