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August 18, 2006

Get ready to logo certify Windows Vista software

Posted by David Hunter at 1:41 PM ET.

It’s time for ISVs to think about getting their software certifications for Windows Vista. Robert McLaws points to Microsoft’s US ISV Developer Evangelism Team blog where Warren Wilbee tells us that:

Currently we are in the “Early Adoption” phase of the Window’s Vista Quality Program.

In the “Early Adoption” phase Microsoft would like to invite you to review the 1.0v of the technical standards of the program.

There are a rich set of marketing benefits associated with this program and the certification test will have Microsoft Partner Program points associated with it. In addition, Microsoft is willing to offer you additional program benefits for your early participation.

There are more details by following the link, but the hub for the Vista logo program is at This time out of the gate there are two distinct levels and logos: “Works with Windows Vista” and “Certified for Windows Vista.”

In the past I have been involved with both the client and server versions of the Windows logo programs for software and so it was interesting to me to see what Microsoft has come up this time around for certification requirements (MS Word file). Frankly, it seems pretty sparse compared to the old “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” requirements, but I see some new Vista mandates that will likely cause a bit of heartburn like the insistence that “Applications must use the Windows Installer (MSI) or ClickOnce for installation.”

Filed under Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “Get ready to logo certify Windows Vista software”

  1. Microsoft releases Vista pricing and pushes Customer Preview Program -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Following last week’s release of Release Candidate 1 of Windows Vista to selected testers, Microsoft has thrown the doors open with a Customer Preview Program (CPP) and also calmed the speculation over Vista pricing. Press release: Microsoft first made Windows Vista RC1 available to a small group of technical customers on Friday, Sept. 1, and plans to broadly release the code to current Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants this week. In addition, Microsoft will reopen the CPP, a popular pre-release testing program, to new enrollments in coming days. In total, Microsoft plans to make Windows Vista RC1 available to more than 5 million customers worldwide. … Microsoft is broadening the scope of the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program, which began last quarter with the release of Windows Vista Beta 2. The CPP enables developers and IT professionals who do not have access to Windows Vista RC1 through other channels to obtain the code and begin testing. Also as part of the CPP, technology enthusiasts are able to obtain pre-release code and begin testing the various consumer scenarios Windows Vista enables. Current CPP participants are scheduled to have access to the RC1 code beginning this week, and Microsoft will be opening the CPP program to new participants in the following days. Microsoft will post RC1 to its MSDN® and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download, and is working with publishers in various markets around the world to distribute RC1 DVDs to readers of a number of technology publications. Not unexpectedly, Microsoft is pushing partners to test up a storm and ISVs to make sure their applications will run on Vista or even better get the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo that we have mentioned previously. [...]

  2. The Vista parade forms up, upgrade coupons still a noshow -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Today, Microsoft trotted out a press release for the two Vista logo programs (that we have mentioned previously): Today at DigitalLife 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the holiday availability of PCs, software, hardware and games that will work with Windows Vista™. More than 250 hardware and software products from over 50 industry partners have received either the Certified for Windows Vista logo or the Works with Windows Vista logo created to help consumers more easily identify software and devices that are compatible with the new operating system. The Works with Windows Vista logo helps ensure compatibility, and the Certified for Windows Vista logo indicates that a particular software or device will help deliver a superior end-user experience when used with a PC running a Windows Vista operating system. [...]

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