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Interoperability & Migration

Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008 introduce the next-generation operating-system technology and software development platform that will be used by application developers and enterprises worldwide. As part of enhancing the security and user experience of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, many new features have been introduced, and existing features have been improved.

While Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are highly compatible with most of the applications written for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Microsoft Windows Server® 2003, and their service packs, some compatibility breaks are inevitable due to new innovations, security tightening, and increased reliability. Overall, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 compatibility is high, and Microsoft is continuously striving to achieve the best possible compatibility solutions for existing applications for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

The Application Compatibility Cookbook is the first step for application developers to become familiar with how to verify the compatibility of their applications. It also provides an overview of the few known application incompatibility issues in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and provides links to detailed white papers and other developer guidance.

The Application Compatibility Cookbook is available separately in the MSDN Library.

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