Microsoft launches Windows 7 Readiness Program

With Windows 7 RC getting ready, Microsoft announced on Monday, the Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program to help hardware and software partners (OEMs and ISVs) ensure that their existing applications, devices and systems will be compatible with Windows 7. The program provides partners with access to Windows 7 builds, development and test toolkits, technical documents, Windows Driver Kit, the Windows Logo Kit, application testing labs and other resources through Microsoft Connect to proceed with the compatability tests of Windows 7.

Hardware developers can get tools and resources from the Windows Hardware Developer Central and Software developers can get their tools and resources from MSDN.

In a Q&A with Microsoft Presspass, Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management discusses the new program and how partners can prepare for the availability of Windows 7.

Nash said that the goal is to ensure that partners' existing hardware and applications are compatible with Windows 7 and to test and address any potential performance issues and to make sure their devices, applications and services can take full advantage of the new features.

Nash also added that many of the investments made for Windows 7 started with the development of Windows Vista. The reliability and security investments made in Windows Vista will be retained in Windows 7, making most applications that run on Windows Vista run on Windows 7.

Nash agreed that Windows 7 beta release was the most mature of any beta version of Windows so far.

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LOL nice to see i got so many replies, in rereading i would say slightly disdainful rather then angry. Also does nto seem like 2 years to me.... but i guess your right. I think part of my problem is i dont think Vista got a fair shake, and it suffered more from hardware vendors then it did itself. On a well built system i have found it can easly out perform XP. All Eyes have been to 7 since even before the release of Vista. Any body else notice that jsut about every other operating system release gets the Shaft media wise? the 95 to 98 was so bad they actualy had to release a 2nd edition to get it to sell then 98 to Me? That still lives in infamy. 2k was well loved and the only reason XP gained favor was it was around so long < i remeber for years the mantra was 2k rocks XP sucks, then something shifted in sp2 culteraly> Vista was hated before it ever got out of the gate. The decietful labeling by OEM 's did not help. I still dont know what is wrong with some of these factory images they are installing, i dont know how many machines i have put to perfect running order from buggy as hell and crashing out of the box by just using my retail disk and their OEM key and doign a fresh install then using the suplied driver disk.

I dont think that i should get a free copy of 7 because i bought vista, i think i should get a free copy of 7 because i have 5 ultimate copies of vista and 2 home prem. i dont even count the Basic liscences that came with the two laptops i upgraded. that is alot of legitimate operating systems for a home user. I dont think asking for One freebe is too much to ask, considering ill eventualy upgrade them all anyway.

I guess the only reason i am resentful is that in doing high end video editing etc i am just afraid that there will be SOME feature in 7 that they will latch onto that will force my upgrade if i want to stay comeptitive and i feel it is jsut still too soon for them to be sqeezing another couple hundred buck outa me.

Thanks for all the positive repleis and frell to hell all the trolls ;)

P.S. to the guy who wanted me to referance articles and Posts ill see what i can track down, they are on random news sites over the last two years, but i think you can find a couple if you google scaldari

This same thing happens near every release. Like in the Vista betas you guys were running around saying how much better it was than XP. And when it came out, it was bashed. So all this praise for Win7 isn't new, let's wait for the RTM.

Arghh! So frustrating. If you dont thinks its worth the expense then dont upgrade. But you forfit the right to complain about any feature in Vista... Ever!

Personally I like Vista. Not touched win7 but i am looking forward to getting it from what ive read/seen/heard its gonna be a good release

VI = 6

6 = evil ;p

so

Vista = evil :P

system.out.println("me like vista")
system.out.println("me like evil")

i like java hahaah

Just a quick off topic question. Does Vista have a meaning with regard to the OS. XP being eXPerience and Windows 7, well is simply Windows 7

Sure, VIsta VI is the roman numeral for 6. Plus, it opens your view to a whole new world of computering possibilities, so your vista is wider and bigger and better. Plus the VI = 6 thing.

devHead said,
Sure, VIsta VI is the roman numeral for 6. Plus, it opens your view to a whole new world of computering possibilities, so your vista is wider and bigger and better. Plus the VI = 6 thing.

Thanks for the enlightenment

now i'm worried about my drm music files.... since i installed win7 beta over my vista, which doesn't backup drms....

i need to get a wma-to-mp3 converter..... before July....

I purchased the I-phone 3G will I get upset when they start selling the J-Phone??? NO I will probably buy 1!!!!

This has me worried. Since the betas were not out that long, it tells me MS fixed virtually nothing from user feedback unless it was a major BSOD.

Whatever happened to taking beta seriously and going through ALL the user feedback - be it an icon issue up to a major piece? Make sure the product runs like the user wants it to rather than another vista. Yes, I know there are a lot of vista lovers out there. But, you need to consider that when you make a product and 50% of the threads are on how it doesn't work to the user's liking, there's a serious beta testing problem going on.

So what? Where in this article do you get the feeling that they are rushing things? If anything, it gives me the feeling that they are doing whatever they can to allow developers to be ready for Win 7.

The public RC build should be a month or two (maybe even more) away yet. Should be more than enough time to iron out most of the bugs.

I'm not worried about that. The thing is that Windows 7 is getting pretty complete in terms of major features. Polish like changing how an icon looks like is not going to affect application compatibility; that is on a lower level, a level I believe Microsoft is already getting pretty much done with. As in, such features affecting compatiblity may not *change*, although bugs in that layer may certainly still be fixed.

Windows 7 to me is like a second edition of Vista. The foundation has been borrowed and tweaked for speed and improved functionality while minimizing some of the annoyances of Vista. It's kind of odd though that drivers downloaded straight from nVidia gave me such sketchy behavior on the 7000 build. MS must've done something different with the video driver model.

Actually I did find the idea of upgrading to Windows 98 ridiculous, when they released it I just laughed, you could get most of the new features as a free download. It was just a bug fix, no wait, it actually was buggier and 7 might be the same way.

When Xp first came out no one like it, after sp1 well things changed and everone (including me) liked it. Win 7 doesn't seem to be in that category at all, I am currently running the beta on my laptop and like it, can't wait for the time when it will released to the public (RTM).

Caveman-ugh said,
When Xp first came out no one like it, after sp1 well things changed and everone (including me) liked it. Win 7 doesn't seem to be in that category at all, I am currently running the beta on my laptop and like it, can't wait for the time when it will released to the public (RTM).

Wrong! Very few people hated it as much, especially comapred to Vista.

cork1958 said,
Wrong! Very few people hated it as much, especially comapred to Vista.

Indeed, because XP never was the utter failur that Vista is.
XP was certainly a great improvement over Win98, especially in terms of stability. Vista had very little improvements only, and a lot of things actually worked worse - poor performance, bad compatibility etc.

Sooner or later we all have to upgrade for some reason or another !
Whether its staying up to date and having the latest of everything, or because your favourite program just doesn't cut the mustard anymore.

You don't have to upgrade. In fact, if everything is running so well on Vista, you probably shouldn't. Seems like it can only go downhill for you.

I have to say the hurring of Windows7 makes me angry. I have purchased 7 copies of Vista 2 Home Prem and 5 Ultimates and how they are hurrying to make me outdated. and i will have to go through all the expense of upgrading again. I have used vista to very good effect and have never had a performance issue with it, Using it for basic internet, High end video editing, and Lots of gaming. I have also writen many article and comments in support of the operating system. I think my good faith and perseverance shoudl be rewarded with 1 free copy of 7 Ultimate. but then againt this is micro$oft and i spupppot the product not the money grubbing souless enterprise that happens to put out a good thing now and then.(LOVE the Zune)

Scaldari Anitoba said,
I have to say the hurring of Windows7 makes me angry. I have purchased 7 copies of Vista 2 Home Prem and 5 Ultimates and how they are hurrying to make me outdated. and i will have to go through all the expense of upgrading again. I have used vista to very good effect and have never had a performance issue with it, Using it for basic internet, High end video editing, and Lots of gaming. I have also writen many article and comments in support of the operating system. I think my good faith and perseverance shoudl be rewarded with 1 free copy of 7 Ultimate. but then againt this is micro$oft and i spupppot the product not the money grubbing souless enterprise that happens to put out a good thing now and then.(LOVE the Zune)


Did you cry like this when you had to upgrade from Windows 95 to Windows 98? I would love to read your 'many comment and article" about Vista as I'm sure it's highly enlightening.

Explain how its getting rushed? Since it's not getting delayed like vista it's now classified as rushed? Microsoft doesn't owe you anything, the choice to upgrade is yours, no one is forcing you too. These posts are getting tiring.

Well I understand that buying something a week ago and them realize that next month or 2 a new something will replace it is always disappointing, but you have to understand that already 2 years have passed since Windows Vista release to stores, and almost 2 and half years since RTM..

So it's time to move on, Software is always evolving and new releases are needed to support newer and better hardware..

Scaldari Antibo
Two points.... Firstly ... If you are happy with Vista, fine , stay with it, nobody is going to make you update to Seven.
Secondly ..... what happens when you buy a technology product ..... software, hardware, whatever..... it gets superseded by something else very soon after you buy it. For example: Nvidia graphics cards, hard drives with bigger capacities, Ram is another one, the i7 cpus only use DDR 3, if you currenly have DDR2 to bad.
Stop whinging in otherwords.

It's your own fault for spending that much for that Vista crap - you should've rather waited for Win7 to appear and use XP in the meantime.
If I'd wasted that much money on Vista, I would probably be angry too.

actually I thought Vista was rushed. Much better in SP1 and better in SP2 beta. Windows Longhorn wasn't rushed. It ceased to exist. From Longhorn to Vista was rushed.

At least Vista isn't ME. ME sucked. Vista came out way before it's time. Think for now I'll stick with Vista. I'll also stick with the opinion, those who loved Vista might not like 7. Those who hated Vista might love 7. But those who love XP, might not make the jump yet. How one comes down from the perfect OS. I'll continue to hope Windows 7 excels because that's my expertise. But I wish people would quite discounting Vista. albeit anyone getting Vista home prem looks silly. Windows Biz and Ultimate much better. And the beta testing right now is primarily the Windows 7 ultimate. What happens when everyone else experiences Windows 7 Home, Basic (and I thought that was bad till) uh Starter?? o_O

PatrynXX said,
What happens when everyone else experiences Windows 7 Home, Basic (and I thought that was bad till) uh Starter?? o_O

Starter is for developing countries and is severely stripped down and sold for an extremely low price compared to the other versions. Nobody in the US should have to worry about this - Vista had it and XP had it too.

As for the Windows 7 release date, I still can't seem to figure out why people demand free copies of the OS for buying Vista. Microsoft didn't just give out free copies of Windows 98 to those who bought Windows 95 now did they? Honestly, I'm glad Microsoft is returning to their normal release schedule... the large gap between XP and Vista was quite annoying. (Especially because we knew about Longhorn so early on...)

Hurrying of Windows 7? Windows 2000 came out in February 2000 and XP in October of 2001! That's a year and a half. Were you angry when they released XP in such a hurry? I hope 7 is out this summer; it's been almost 3 years since it was released.

Lord Ba'al said,
It's your own fault for spending that much for that Vista crap - you should've rather waited for Win7 to appear and use XP in the meantime.
If I'd wasted that much money on Vista, I would probably be angry too.

Exactly!!

The time between Vista's release and 7's release is the normal release schedule. Vista's late release was the anomaly.

Also, why are you crying? It's not like they are forcing you to buy it. If you like Vista, stay with it.

Caveman-ugh said,
Scaldari Antibo
Two points.... Firstly ... If you are happy with Vista, fine , stay with it, nobody is going to make you update to Seven.

Don't take this personally, but this part is a little disingenuous. What if, instead of Vista vs. 7, we changed the scenario to XP vs. Vista? There are a LOT of people here on Neowin who put a LOT of pressure on XP users to upgrade to Vista. "XP sucks, it's old, let it die, XP needs to die, why does anyone anywhere ever support XP, etc." While it may well wind up being true that nobody will make him update to 7 if he's happy with Vista, there certainly are a lot of people who are trying to get people to update to Vista even though they're happy with XP and want to stay with it.

There's nothing to say the current peer-pressure to transition to Vista from XP isn't going to be there when it comes time to transition to 7 from Vista.