Are you Gold Certified or Certified partner who wants a way to demo your software on Windows 7? If so, the brand new Windows Demo Toolkit (WDT) is a collection of resources that makes demoing the Windows operating system as easy as possible.  You can use WDT to create engaging and reliable demos in a fraction of the time.  WDT is available exclusively for Certified and Gold Certified Partners.

The heart of the Windows Demo Toolkit is the Foundation Suite, a deployment of Windows 7 Beta tailored specifically for use in demonstrations.  The Foundation Suite uses Windows Setup to install onto your PC in minutes, and includes a host of must-have software including Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Office 2007.  You can demo the included both Windows 7 Beta for Consumer and Enterprise out of the box. Or you can use the Foundation Suite as a starting point for demoing your own products and services.

The WDT has been submitted for publishing to the Windows 7 area of the Microsoft Partner Portal, and will be broadly available to Certified and Gold Certified Partners toward the end of April.

But for now, you can access the Windows Demo Toolkit on Microsoft Connect:

  1. If you do not already have one, create a Windows Live ID
  2. Join the Windows Demo Toolkit connection
  3. If you have not used Microsoft Connect before, you will first need to register

For more information about becoming a Certified or Gold Certified partner, see the Microsoft Partner Site and to get started as an ISV, see the US ISV Resource Center. For information about how you can have your applications tested and certified for the ISV Competency, see Innovate On.