ws08_logo_heroWe are getting pretty close to shipping Windows Server 2008. If you have not done already, please download the latest build of Windows Server 2008 (see recent post of download instructions ) and test the applications which you have developed.

If your application does not work, there are lots of great resources that we have built to help you understand what's wrong and what you can do to fix the problems.

Below is a list of the top resources which I point developers to. At the bottom of the list, there is an offer of Lab space with our experts on the subject at no charge too.

Application Compatibility Cookbook - This defines 37 areas where your application could break. A pointer to the main page can be found here. One note is that you might think that this is defined for Vista, but this is not. There has been a major rev for Windows Server 2008.

Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility and Certification Forum - This provides you with a good connection with the people based on the Windows product team who are supporting App Compat issues today. You can find the forum at the following location ( http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1850&SiteID=1)

.NET 3.5 Framework - Windows Server 2008 will ship with the .NET 3.0 Framework as an installable component as part of the Application Platform role. Applications which are developed for the .NET 3.5 framework will have to install .NET 3.5 framework as a downloadable component from the web.

Light Up Features - As a developer, why should you bother? Always a good question. Here are the Top 7 Things that Light up Windows Server http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb852230.aspx from Jason in my team.

App Compat Labs. We offer weekly labs on our main campus in Redmond, WA and also have upcoming workshops at our global Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) world-wide. They are hosted by experts on Application Compatibility for Windows Server 2008. Below is the current schedule of events and details of how to sign up.

Location When
Redmond, WA Every Week!!
Zaragoza, Spain

21-Jan - 24-Jan

Boston, MA

18-Feb - 21-Feb

Mt View, CA

7-Apr - 10-Apr

If you would like to register for a MTC event, reserve time in our labs on our main campus, or have any questions please email srglabs@microsoft.com.