Windows 7 Migration - Application Compatibility


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Source: Microland
Date: June 2010
Type: White Paper
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Overview: The scale of change introduced in Windows 7 includes a completely new kernel compared to XP, a number of new security measures and rules that will result in over 70% applications being incompatible for migration. These changes have had a direct bearing on cost of migration to Windows 7. So much so, that application compatibility has almost become a deployment blocking issue in many cases. Thus ensuring a robust application readiness and remediation strategy is a critical component of your Windows 7 migration plan.

Applications currently working in XP environments fall under three categories from a Windows 7 compatibility perspective:
• Green: Applications are compatible and ready to run without any issues in Windows 7
• Amber: Applications are not compatible but can be remediated with certain interventions
• Red: Applications have internal code compatibility issues and hence need to be re-coded or need the vendor to provide patches / release compatible versions

Given this scenario, the application readiness strategy to address application incompatibilities is a critical pre-requisite for Windows 7 migration. This whitepaper explains various alternatives available for application compatibility assessment and how specialized tools for application management can provide an effective platform to address application migration issues to Microsoft Windows 7

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