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ISVs wants to show the world you’re ready for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft offers several tools and ways to get the word out. What are they?
If you have a Web application, you should be testing under Windows Server 2008 R2. If you have a Windows client application, you should be testing under Windows 7.
You can test your existing applications. We have found that nearly all Vista-compatible applications are compatible with Windows 7. And those that work with Windows Server 2008 are nearly always compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2.
For more information about the requirements to be compatible, see Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook: A Developer’s Guide to Application Compatibility, Reliability, and Performance.
The steps are:
For testing, you can choose to self test or to earn the Compatible with Windows 7 logo. Either way, you can publish your results on Microsoft sites to show your compatibility.
In addition, we’ll be announcing a program where you can earn additional marketing benefits. Any work you do now, will prepare you for this great program.
To download Windows 7 release candidate, see Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions. To download Windows Server 2008 R2, see Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate download.
You can Get Started by registering with ISVAppCompat.com. This allows you to track your progress and quickly get to the right resources. Depending upon your application readiness, we’ll direct you to the appropriate resources:
Once you register your applications, you’ll find resources, including access to the betas and tests for your software.
Use the software logo test to check your software. ISVs report to me that it is a must easier process and no longer requires a third-part testing facility.
If you want to take your compatibility testing a step further, gain MSPP partner points, you can use the Microsoft Windows 7 Software Logo test. The logo will show your customers that you have performed tests to assure compatibility. For more information about the steps to take and how the logo program works, see Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit Ready Now For Compatibility Tests. Some of my ISVs have completed the self test for Windows 7 the same day they received the toolkit and now display the Compatible with Windows 7 logo. Although the logo test is beta, once you complete the steps, you’ll be able to associate the logo with your qualifying products.
The process is straight-forward. Once you download and install the tool directly on a 64-bit machine or inside a 64-bit virtual machine that uses Windows 7, you a series of command lines while installing, running, and uninstalling your application. The tool generates a report and provides you with specific steps to be compatible.
The tool generates an XML file that you upload to the WinQual site. You sign some legal agreements. And within a few minutes, you can add the logo to your company site.
There are waiver processes for Windows 7 certification available too, should that be necessary.
Once you have passed the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo test, you’ll be eligible for Microsoft Partner Program partner points. Use points to help qualify for Certified Partner and Gold Partner benefits. Those benefits include software licenses and developer tools you can use in your development efforts.
There are several ways to publicize your application.
During the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 global launch time frame, Microsoft will publish a list of all the currently compatible and future compatible applications to help customers. This is a valuable opportunity to get your product listed on the Windows Compatibility Center or Windows Server Catalog and gain worldwide exposure. Signing up is quick and easy:
Once you determine that your application is compatible, you can register it online and receive marketing benefits. Register your application at www.isvappcompat.com.
Tell us that your application is compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies and you’ll have access to marketing resources including directory listings, customizable marketing templates and press releases to help you get the message out to your customers.
Add Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to the list of operating that you support on your website.
Once you announce your application will be ready for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll be able to receive additional benefits. I’ll announce those programs as soon as they are ready.
Any work you do now though will make it easier and faster to be part of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 wave.
ISVs can now get free technical support for application compatibility issues with Windows 7. To get support, ISVs can post their problem on an MSDN Forum. This forum is monitored by CSS engineers who will respond to issues by e-mail.
For more information, see Application Compatibility for Windows Development.
You can incorporate key features into your Windows 7 application, such:
Windows 7 RC Training Kit for Developers has been released part of our ongoing effort to enrich existing content and provide additional valuable content for the developer community. This version of the training kit includes 10 presentations and 8 Hand-On-Labs, covering most of the Windows 7 light-up features as well as application compatibility topics.
For more information about how you can take advantage of the features for your customers, see Walkthrough to Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7 and How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features
To learn more about Windows 7 and how you can take advantage of the features, see See Windows 7 From a Developer Point of View in msdev.com Videos.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation