Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Feb 2007 22:19 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft has released a list of 800 applications that should run properly on its new Windows Vista operating system. As expected, virtually all of Microsoft's own offerings are on the list - including the latest Office 2007 products. Also included are a host of business and security applications from vendors ranging from Intuit to Trend Micro. And desktop applications from Google, which ramped up its rivalry with Microsoft earlier this week with the introduction of online business applications, made the cut. However, noticeable by their absence are applications from a number of the world's biggest software companies, including Adobe Systems, IBM, and Symantec.
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Just 800?
by Almafeta on Sun 25th Feb 2007 22:38 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

At first, I was disturbed... just 800 applications? There's more than eight hundred *developers* for Windows.

But then, I read this list. This list only contains programs which were submitted for certification -- it seems none of Adobe, IBM, or Symantic thought getting certified as Vista-ready was very important.

I highly doubt Microsoft finds an educational program like 4Mation Educational Resource's Granny's Garden to be more important to be compatibale with than something like Symantic Antivirus or Adobe Photoshop, anyhow.

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RE: Just 800?
by mcduck on Sun 25th Feb 2007 23:22 in reply to "Just 800?"
mcduck Member since:
2005-11-23

But then, I read this list. This list only contains programs which were submitted for certification -- it seems none of Adobe, IBM, or Symantic thought getting certified as Vista-ready was very important.

Why certify old software, when you can release and have people pay for a newer "Vista ready" version (Like Norton 360 due in a few days).

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RE[2]: Just 800?
by flanque on Mon 26th Feb 2007 01:55 in reply to "RE: Just 800?"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

That's fine and I agree with you, but people need to stop whining about compatibility of this software if the vendors themselves don't show enough interest to ensure it runs.

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RE[2]: Just 800?
by kaiwai on Mon 26th Feb 2007 05:05 in reply to "RE: Just 800?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Dear god, who would want to pollute their machine with Norton 360 when there are so many better alternatives out there - Kaspersky being one example; which is already Windows Vista compatible and better still doesn't hack around in the kernel stuffing up in areas where it shouldn't be.

Using it right now, and it is a great product - avoid Symantec and McAfee at all costs; if it weren't for the shocking product quality, its their active programme of lying about Patchguard and its impact on companies like theirs.

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RE: Just 800?
by butters on Mon 26th Feb 2007 00:55 in reply to "Just 800?"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

just 800 applications? [...] This list only contains programs which were submitted for certification

Even still, commercial Linux distributions support (more than just certify) more applications than this. I don't have access to any at the moment, but here's a quick and dirty check on my Gentoo box:

# cd /usr/portage; ls -1 --ignore=dev* --ignore=*libs | xargs ls -1 | wc -l

10676

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RE[2]: Just 800?
by Almafeta on Mon 26th Feb 2007 01:10 in reply to "RE: Just 800?"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Erm, you do know what is *certified* and what is *supported* are two different things entirely?

Let's compare apples to apples here -- that list you have is not a list of programs certified for compliance by Gentoo, and the linked list specifically notes that it is not a comprehensive list of all the programs that work in Vista.

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