Ecosystem Readiness Program helps partners develop products for Windows 7

Ecosystem Readiness Program helps partners develop products for Windows 7

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To help the ecosystem of software developers, device manufacturers, independent software vendors and others prepare for Windows 7 – I wanted to let you know about the Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program

The Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program is designed to help hardware and software partners ensure that their existing applications, devices and systems will be compatible with Windows 7. The program provides partners with access to Windows 7 builds, application testing labs and toolkits through Microsoft Connect to help with their development efforts to build innovative solutions for their customers.

If you are a hardware or software developer, I encourage you to visit the following sites where you can get tools and resources you need to get started on the path to Windows 7:

Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management (and author of many blog posts here on The Windows Blog), discusses the new program and how partners can prepare for the availability of Windows 7 in a Q&A with Microsoft PressPass. Mike’s Q&A with PressPass is a great way to find out what we’re doing to ensure the ecosystem will be ready for Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program is designed for hardware and software partners only.

For folks just wanting to try out Windows 7, please visit to try the Windows 7 Beta. Hurry though as we are about to limit downloads for the Windows 7 Beta – see details in my blog post here.

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  • Hopefully Adobe will probably make all their recent software packages compatible with Windows 7, as they really dropped the ball on the transition from XP to Vista forcing people to upgrade Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat and other Creative Suite programs to the latest versions to have basic functionality.  Then forcing you guys to remove the save as PDF feature from Office 2007 as standard.  People wouldn't mind if Adobe software was reasonably priced but their prices are beyond the reach of the average home user, which is a shame, even their student pricing is barely reasonable.

    I mean I know Adobe and Microsoft are in a Love-Hate relationship but that transition was ridiculous.

    Hopefully Microsoft will make Windows 7 as backwards compatible as possible by improving compatability modes.  Because it really sucks when you have to buy a boatload of very very expensive new software for a new OS.

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