Microsoft released the Windows and Windows Server Developer Preview Compatibility Cookbook a little while ago. In the world of application compatibility, this will be one of the most important ingredients in determining if your applications will be compatible with the latest Microsoft operating system, just as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook and Windows Vista and Server 2008 Application Compatibility Cookbook accompanied previous releases. The purpose of these documents is to introduce us to compatibility issues that may be faced when running applications on new Microsoft operating system, and the new features and enhancements that will be available.
So, what are the highlights?
1. Windows Developer Preview: apps with the compatibility section do not get the PCA mitigation.
2. Windows 7: apps with the compatibility section are tracked for potential compatibility issues for Windows Developer Preview changes (described in this document).
3. Windows Vista (default): apps that fail to install properly or crash during runtime under some specific circumstances get the PCA mitigation.
Quest ChangeBASE will be keeping a close eye on new Windows 8 Compatibility developments, so watch this space!