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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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....

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

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

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

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.

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

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