MYOB ensures Windows 7 compatibility

MYOB ensures Windows 7 compatibility

Summary: Australian accounting software developer MYOB has rolled out Windows 7 to 50 development and IT support staff as part of an effort to ensure the company's small business software was compatible with the new operating system.

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Australian accounting software developer MYOB has rolled out Windows 7 to 50 development and IT support staff as part of an effort to ensure the company's small business software was compatible with the new operating system.

"If you look at our client base, we have no control over the end user's desktop," said Jason Noorman, MYOB's chief technology officer. "We know we have some clients on very old equipment and operating systems, but others that are really early adopters.

"We needed to be on the front foot and be Windows 7 compatible and we were one of the first companies in the country to have full Windows 7 certification for our SME products.

"Is it significant business value? We don't know because we don't know the rate of adoption of our end clients."

MYOB's developers used Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit to ensure its code wouldn't cause problems under Windows 7.

"We built an environment, tested our software and it told us, 'Here are the things you need to do to get Windows 7 compatibility'," said Noorman.

"We found some hooks in our application that dated back to Windows 2000, for example providing connectivity between our application and Outlook. For Windows 7 compatibility, we had to clean some of them up. We didn't have to rewrite huge chunks of code, it was a really straightforward process.

"From our product point of view, it's been the most seamless and painless process that we've gone through for a core operating system upgrade."

The company is now looking to upgrade the remainder of its 900 desktops to the new operating system over the course of 2010.

"We are fully licensed to make the upgrade, it's just a matter of getting the manpower to get it rolled out," said Noorman.

Topics: Windows, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software Development

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  • Windows is so yesterday

    What would really make news, is a OS agnostic client
    anonymous
  • linux fanboi?

    are you by chance a lunix fanboi?

    "What would really make news, is a OS agnostic client"
    or a fuel source agnostic car?
    or a worldwide language agnostic spoken communications method?
    or a currency agnostic global financial system?

    Please find your next barrow to push.
    anonymous
  • 1. He didn't mention Linux, you did.
    2. An OS agnostic MYOB client is an excellent idea. Furthermore, MYOB has a web based solution in the works right now.
    3. Genuine interoperability is vital in IT today... in case you hadn't noticed...
    4. Last time I checked I didn't have to worry too much about which brand of unleaded was compatible with my car.
    5. Find something better to do with your time, troll.
    ITsupportGuy
  • So after using MYOB since it was first made available & purchased ($800.00 I think) you people are still sorting out Windows 7. How good of you.
    I have Windows 8 and all I get is an error message 1100, MYOB has to close. Well it worked in Windows 7 Ultimate 64 perfectly, as it did after installing Windows 8 until I restarted the computer. I have spent well over $3,000.00 for MYOB upgrades etc. Yet it is still the same old **** every time you upgrade MYOB wants more money, AND you have to go through all the bull shite of upgrading your forms.
    MYOB SUCKS.
    Richard Cooke, Serial Number 611109602189.
    cookey1956