This week, I am at TechEd 2007 in Orlando, and we have many resources here to help you out with application compatibility issues on Windows Vista. Here are some highlights:
CLI210R - Windows Vista Application Compatibility and Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
Peg and Suma are giving a repeat of the talk they gave today on ACT 5.0 on Friday at 10:45 am. Suma is a PM on the ACT team, so this is a great opportunity to hear all about the product from someone directly involved in its creation. If you want to get up to speed on the toolkit, I recommend this session.
Application Compatibility Booth
In the booth area, yellow section, we have an application compatibility station set up which is manned the entire time by people from various Windows teams, from several disciplines. If you have a few minutes to chat, and want to ask a few questions, stop by and meet with the folks in the booth!
Bring Your Own Apps Lab
If you have an application that isn't working on Windows Vista, we have room S329 set aside to help out. You can register for a time slot on commnet, and schedule an hour to chat about your application. Whether you need help debugging the application to understand what is going on, or are looking for approaches to resolve the issue, we have the lab staffed with a number of extremely talented engineers and program managers to assist.
Windows Vista Application Compatibility Lab
This one is my baby. I've put together a two-part session (90 minutes each) where we walk through a number of compatibility issues with existing applications on Windows Vista, and then discuss mitigations for these issues - aligning a fix directly with the problem. In my experience, this is one of the major stumbling blocks for an organization looking to resolve a compatibility issue where they either no longer have access to the source code, or where the new version is going to be released after the projected deployment date. In these cases, the Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure (shims) can help keep the application working on Windows Vista. But this infrastructure is big and complex, so here we try to demystify it a bit, showing the underlying power of shims and showcasing how to use them effectively. We're running the labs in room S331-C every day, in the following time slots (there is a 1/2 hour break in the middle of each):
Wednesday 6/6 - 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday 6/7 - 8:00 - 11:30 am
Friday 6/8 - 8:00 - 11:30 am
I hope to see some of you at TechEd!