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New ACT for Vista

Final release of a toolkit for assuring applications will run correctly under the new Vista operating system.

Microsoft in late January announced the final release of a toolkit for assuring applications will run correctly under the new Vista operating system.

"[Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5] enables software developers, independent software vendors, and IT professionals who work in a corporate environment to determine, before rolling out within the organization, whether their applications are compatible with [the] new version of Windows," says a statement on Microsoft's site.

ACT 5 can identify compatibility issues when using Vista and IE7, such as which applications have problems with Vista's new User Account Control feature.

It also features new developer and tester tools, and Microsoft has set up the ACT Community, an online resource where users can post comments and share information about application compatibility testing.

The kit is available for download from Microsoft's site.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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