I'm working to create a library of applications that we can use for testing compatibility between .NET Framework 2003 applications and Whidbey applications.  We don't need source in order to do this, all we need is the binaries for the application, instructions to install it, and permission from you to run it.  We're working with some ISVs already to test their applications, but we're interested in finding corporate applications that you're building.

So here's the results if you submit your app and we accept it as one of the applications that we can test:

  • Microsoft will test your application on the latest Whidbey bits.  The degree of this testing will vary from application to application based on compatibility requirements being tested.
  • Microsoft will report to you the pass/fail result along with the issues in the application that Microsoft observed (in case of failure) and suggestions to mitigate the problem.
  • Microsoft does not commit to making sure your app works on the latest bits. However, this effort is striving to ensure we are aware of all compatibility issues our customers may experience and are doing our best to ensure existing applications work on the .NET Framework 2.0.
  • You're responsible for providing the application, any necessary prerequisites (test data, other resources), and setup instructions for how to install and run the application on a clean machine.  Microsoft will not be able to test any application that requires domain-specific resources or that has real customer data in it.

Some of the additional information that we'd like to gather includes:

o        Company Name

o        Application Name

o        Application Type (Web, Desktop, COM, and etc)

o        Application Development technologies (including language)

o        Application Functionality (including importance to business)

o        Application Size (LOC, Modules)

If you have an application that you'd be willing to let us test or have questions, please mail me at jroxe@microsoft.com.    Please do NOT send the application.  If you can please just describe the app, we'll get in touch and figure out the best way to get it.