Windows 7 app compatibility issues? Here's guidance from Microsoft

Microsoft this week released a whitepaper to help enterprises fix compatibility issues between their custom applications and Windows 7. Small compatibility fixes are known as shims. But most enterprises don't fully use the power of shims, says whitepaper author Chris Jackson, a member of the Microsoft Windows Application Experience SWAT Team. A critical component of using shims is managing them over the lifetime of the application via a custom shim database. This document offers guidance on when to apply shims, and how to manage them.

Having (hopefully) learned its lesson from Vista, this whitepaper is one of many tools Microsoft is offering to address W7 application compatibility. Here are a list of more resources from the Application Compatibility and User Account Control page in Microsoft's Download Center.

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