Microsoft set to publicize list of 800 Vista-compatible apps

Microsoft set to publicize list of 800 Vista-compatible apps

Summary: On February 20, Microsoft announced final availabilty of six Vista deployment tools. The company also went public with its plans to publish a list of applications that have been certified by independent testers as "Vista-compatible."

TOPICS: Windows

In spite of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's recent comments designed to dampen Wall Street's expectations for Windows Vista, the Windows team itself is continuing to do all it can to encourage customer uptake of the newest version of Windows.

On February 20, Microsoft announced final availabilty of six Vista deployment tools. The company also went public with its plans to publish a list of applications that have been certified by independent testers as "Vista-compatible." This is not the list of applications that the company is tracking internally via data gathered as part of its Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) testing, however; instead, it is simply a list of companies who apply for and are granted third-party Vista certification.

Microsoft has made test versions of a number of Vista deployment tools available to Microsoft customers for a number of months. On Tuesday, Microsoft made available for download six of them. Now available in final form:

* Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment

* Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0

* Windows Vista Hardware Assesment 1.0

* Volume Activation Management Tool

* Key Management Service for Windows Server 2003 (Read more on KMS for Server 2003 here.)

* Virtual PC 2007  (Read more about VPC 2007 here.)

What isn't available yet is the list of 800 Vista-certified applications that Microsoft is going to make public. This is not the same kind of list that the company provided to customers when it introduced WIndows XP Service Pack (SP) 2. That list was a constantly updated itemization of applications that worked well, worked to some degree and didn't work at all that Microsoft pulled together and made public in Knowledge Base article form.

Instead, with Vista, Microsoft plans on providing a list of applications from software vendors who paid third-party testing companies to verify independently Vista compatibility. Microsoft officials said so far there are 108 "Vista certified" applications and another 683 that "work with" Vista.

Microsoft officials said they will release the Vista certified app list some time on February 20.

Topic: Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • WoW! 800 Applications available for Vista!

    And people complain about the lack of software for Macs ;-)
    • and Linux has thousands of apps!

      Why are you people still waiting for Linux Apps?
      They are here, plentiful and stable.
      Linux beat windoze to the punch again!
      Linux Geek
      • thats because

        Linux is the truth, and all-rightous and will ultimately dethrone the dark wizard Microsoft
        I lay in bed at night dreaming about it.
        I see visions of a virus-free world with Linux boxes everywhere.
        I see Ubuntu butterflies and prancing Puppy taking a Zenwalk to sweet Musix under a Gnu moon.
        Oh it is so beautiful....
        • Who cares?

          Until OEMs sell Linux pre-loaded, the consumer Linux market will never grow large enough for anyone to care whether Linux is "better" or not.
          M Wagner
    • Just Silliness

      Is it just me, or does everyone else ignore the silly "This is unapproved software-accept/deny" box? When I am installing perfecting legit software, the instructions say to just ignore it. Basically, it's just "pay us money to give our Microsoft stamp of approval".
    • I hope you're being sarcastic

      "800 applications have gone through a Vista certification process" is quite different than "800 applications available for Vista."

      The majority of well-written applications that worked on previous Windows versions will continue to work on Vista.
      • Then give us a list.

        Fact is, MANY, MANY of the apps do not work without upgrading. Kind of like 'you have to re-purchase the apps you used for Windows (pre-Vista) so they work on Mac'.

        What the HECK is the difference? Get a Mac. Be free of the Microsoft tax and feel safe in better hardware/software inter-operability. No drivers needed!!!
        • "Many don't work" is different than "only 800 work"

          I'm not going to provide a list. My comment was in response to your implying that only 800 applications are available for Vista.

          The vast majority of apps that passed certification for Windows 2000 and XP will work on Vista as well.

          Interesting how you brought up the Mac. Can you take your apps written for System 7 or 8 and run them on Mac OS X? No. And if you point to the "Classic" emulation environment, I'll point to Microsoft's free Virtual PC.
        • Hi Mac Zealot!

          I thought you didn't exist?
  • I wonder

    If the Vista Compatible sticker for software will be any more meaningful than the Vista Compatible stickers on PC's? Many of which don't seem to run Vista very well at all.

    800 apps. Woooweee. Another 20 years or so and MSFT might actually catch up to Linux. Ha-ha!
  • Front page link is 404 compatible

    The link to this article on the "news" tab throws a 404 error, BTW.
    • fixed

      Larry Dignan
  • Doing their best to encourage??!!!?? I ever encouraged! 800 out of the tens of thousands of available Windows apps...booyah!! And certified by independent testers...that inspires the ultimate confidence. How about certified by Microsoft? Aren't they gonna stand behind their product? I'd like to see some joint certification - M$ to stand behind their work, and 3rd party verification to vet that enough rigor was done and its not just PR. 800. Wow, I just cannot get over that. I mean, that's far more apps than even Mike Cox uses in his M$ shop.
    • If it was certified by MS to run on XP ...

      ... it will run on Vista! The problem is that a good number of those "tens of thousands" were never certified by MS (mostly because those ISV were too lazy to do so -- or they knew they couldn't pass) so who knows if those ISVs followed MS best practices for programming. Any vendor who takes seriously the use of proper programming practices, as defined by MS can be 99% sure their application will run under Vista. The ONLY problem I have had so far was a BUG in Apple iTunes DRM and that has been fixed.
      M Wagner
  • infact 803 apps.. 3 more!

  • Why Don't They Report On People Who Have Switched Back To XP?

    I've been cruising around the web looking at message boards regarding Vista, and about 95% of people posting on them have either moved back to XP or bought a machine with Vista and removed it and put XP on it.

    And no, these aren't all Linux users, the majority of them are hard core Windows users...

    Is Microsoft hiding this information from the public?

    No Vista for me!
    • Wondered about that

      A relative asked my advice on a new laptop, they all come with some form of Vista, no more XP, I'm not ready for Vista and recommended finding a refurbished or used with XP. I wondered how well wiping and installing XP would go on some of these newer laptops, and I would guess no warranty if the OS is wiped?
      Spoon Jabber
      • No OS Warranty if Vista Wiped

        That is true, however, if you've ever really needed to use the "MS OS Warrany", you'll find that outside of some basic troubleshooting done by someone in India (who you can't understand, and furthermore they can't understand you) getting minimum wage using a knowledge base is all you'll get. And that translates to "Your on your own anyway". So I'd say take the plunge, get the new system, use a disk imaging software and make an image before wiping it and then go for good old XP!
        • Vista Laptop

          Friend bought Gateway laptop to use for working at home. Laptop came w/ Vista Home Premium. We found that a major app her company uses is imcompatible.

          She went out and bought XP Pro. We loaded XP and needed 5 drivers. Went to Gateway site, no XP drivers listed for her model laptop. The same model shipped w/ XP 5 days earlier.

          Called Gateway, explained the problem, was told that they could not support any OS other than the one shipped on the laptop. Threatened to run the restore disk and return the laptop, they wouldn't budge.

          Thankfully, I found a board where a few people had run into similar issues. One of the users must have gone through the whole Gateway site and gathered the correct XP drivers, they all worked.
          • What about different brands?

            I seem to remember certain brands, (HP or Compaq?) didn't like anything except the original OS, memory, etc. I tried wiping and installing 2k, no luck, but then the upgrade to XP worked very well, all that I needed was a video driver. The laptops that my relative was looking at were at walmart, either acer or another brand that they sold (starts with an S ?). But, as another poster reminded me, a disc image of the original install is a must.
            Spoon Jabber