Microsoft on Wednesday posted a page listing 787 applications that have been tested on Windows Vista, thus far only 104 applications have received certification, most of them being Microsoft's own applications along with companies like Ahead, Cyberlink and Trend Micro to name a few.
The web site splits the certification into two areas, Certified and "Works with Windows Vista"
The "Certified for Windows Vista" logo is a compatibility designation for applications and devices that have passed a rigorous testing program on computers that are running Windows Vista. The technical requirements for this designation target four core areas: reliability, security, compatibility with Windows Vista and future operating systems, and installation and removal.Betanews reports that "McAfee and other major vendors has yet to make the list, which Microsoft says will be updated each week. The small number of applications could be why Microsoft is offering to pay up to $1,000 to a third party certification company for software developers to test their programs."
The "Works with Windows Vista" logo is a compatibility designation that is designed to encourage Windows Vista compatibility for the current generation of Windows-based applications. To receive this designation, software companies test their applications to make sure that the applications meet the program's guidelines.