Windows 7 to Use just One Compatibility Sticker
Article by George Norman
On 06 Nov 2008
According to Microsoft’s Gary Schare, the times when users had to deal with complicated and confusing compatibility stickers are soon to be over. With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft will give up on using multiple Windows-compatible logos. If history has taught us anything, is that using four different logos (as was the case with Windows Vista) is not only annoying, it is a cause for initiating a class action lawsuit.

Director of Microsoft's hardware ecosystem product management, Gary Schare said at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) that the overall goal Microsoft is trying to attain is a program simplification that will make it easier on the user to figure out what he is looking for, as well as make it easier on the Windows’ collaborators that are in the dark about what course of action to follow.


Windows Vista currently uses 4 different compatibility logos: Windows Vista, Windows Vista Basic, Certified for Windows Vista, and Works with Windows Vista. I think you will agree with the people that are currently suing Microsoft that this is rather confusing, especially if you take into consideration the fact that two more logos (Windows Vista Premium Ready and Windows Vista Premium Capable) were employed prior to the official Vista launch.

With Windows 7, all this compatibility logo nonsense will be dealt with in the simplest manner possible – use just one logo. At the time nobody, not even Gary Schare has any idea what it will look like. The only thing we know for sure is that the 4 different logos will merge into one. We also know that different machines (personal computers, touch-screens and media centers) will get their own, distinct sticker.

Yes! You’ve read it right the first time around. The single sticker strategy that Microsoft is so proud about actually means that there will be three different compatibility stickers. At least let’s hope that all the third party software that currently runs well on Vista will run just as well on Windows 7 when the final version will be released to the public.

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