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Vista Gets New App Compatibility Tool

With any major new Windows release such as Vista, application compatibility becomes a critical concern for businesses and individuals considering an upgrade. No matter how much Microsoft promotes the new version, users aren't going to make the switch unless their applications continue to function seamlessly. In turn, Microsoft has long offered an Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), which checks what programs are installed on a system and detects any potential conflicts. The Redmond company is preparing version 5 of the software to be ready by the time Windows Vista ships later this year, and has included a number of new features. ACT 5.0 most notably will have to take into account the limited user privileges in Windows Vista that are designed to keep the operating system core safe from malware. Internet Explorer 7 will also run in a protected mode, potentially disrupting applications that interact with the browser.

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