More than 100 Microsoft apps make the Vista-certified list

More than 100 Microsoft apps make the Vista-certified list

Summary: On Microsoft's just-released "Certified for Vista" list of apps, more than 100 of the 800 total are from Microsoft. Depending on your point of view, this could be either a good or a bad thing.

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Microsoft has released the promised list of applications that are officially certified to work with Windows Vista. The full "certified for Vista" list is here.

Of the 800, more than 100 are from Microsoft itself. Depending on your point of view, this could be either a good or a bad thing. Good that Microsoft is making sure its own stable of programs, from Business Contact Manager to Zoo Tycoon, work with Vista. Or bad that Microsoft's own apps (including every individual piece of the Office 2007 suite, listed out separately) comprise more than an eighth of the list.

Who else has apps on the list? Many of the usual suspects. Surprisingly, Google has a few, including Google Desktop and Google Toolbar, which are designated as "works with Vista" apps.

Who is noticeably missing from the list? Adobe, IBM, McAfee, Symantec.

Topic: Windows

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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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