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 innovateonvista.com. 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.”