We all remember what a compatibility nightmare Microsoft Windows Vista was between the time that it launched in January 2007 and the release of SP1 in April 2008. Unfortunately, software and hardware manufacturers and Microsoft were not on the same page when Vista launched and it took them close to year to get to that point. As you can imagine, the folks at Microsoft are very determined not to repeat that bit of history with Windows 7.
In fact, in February of this year Microsoft announced the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program, which is designed to help Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), developers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) work towards compatibility with Windows 7 by providing them with access to all kinds of resources. I discuss the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program in this edition of the Windows Vista & 7 Report.