No application compatibility woes for Windows 7 -- yet
Microsoft's efforts to avoid the problems that plagued Vista are working
By Eric Lai
December 8, 2009 12:13 PM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft
Corp.'s attempts to ensure better application compatibility for Windows 7
than its immediate predecessor, Windows Vista, had at launch appear to have borne fruit.
While app compatibility remains top of mind for many potential Windows 7 upgraders,
Microsoft is trumpeting statistics showing impressive numbers of applications that run without hiccup on Windows 7.
And analysts agree that the problems with Vista -- partly or entirely-non-running device drivers and apps
-- that burned many users and contributed to Vista's poor adoption haven't cropped up.
"I haven't run into any corporations who said, 'Gee, because of application Y, we can't deploy Windows 7,'" said Michael Cherry, an analyst with the independent firm, Directions on Microsoft. He gives Microsoft credit for "working hard -- very, very hard" to ensure that application and device compatibility wouldn't be an issue.
Last week, Microsoft released its most up-to-date spreadsheet for IT professionals (download here)
listing information about which applications are compatible with Windows 7 or not.