Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Help for application compatibility with Windows 7

There are free tools available for a personal effort to find ways to run legacy applications on new operating systems.

Among them:
Application Compatibility Toolkit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=24da89e9-b581-47b0-b45e-492dd6da2971

Compatibility Administrator Tool: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748912(WS.10).aspx

Among others.
The thing about these tools is not so simple to use and yield data should be analyzed with sufficient knowledge to identify solutions to problems.

If we add the fact that some companies are not likely to move from Windows Vista, but from Windows XP to Windows 7, the task becomes more complicated. Of course there is always the virtualization solution for cases where no other remedy and on the understanding that it is a temporary thing not to affect the productivity of users ().

Well, Microsoft has expended resources to help you test your customers with the compatibility of their applications. To do this the customer must answer, in principle, basic questions about the application in question, such as:

If the application is porgrama in environment 16, 32 or 64 bits?

If the application uses 1 or more executable *. exe?

It's web server or client?

Among others.

After answering these questions, you should collect data with the tools available (including those cited above) and then send them to Microsoft engineers.

The Advisory Service is for those customers that do not require the presence on-site engineer at Microsoft. It works for hours, usually in less than 20 and sign a contract before beginning work.

As I pointed out to them the subject of the contract, will be thinking if it's free or paid. I do not know because they ask, since this could not be definitely given, costs $ 210 per hour.

This is an option for companies that want to invest in bringing their applications to Windows 7, with the help of experts. Just to use the knowledge and results in less time.

Almost forgot, as quoted by the website, these services are available only in USA and Canada, but still an on-site service can not deliver it to customers outside that area.

I leave you the link where you can get more information:

Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario – Platform Application Compatibility: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974386

Advisory Services: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=advisoryservice