Microsoft Releases A List of Software “Certified” To Work With Vista

Wondering if an application you use regularly will work with Vista? Microsoft released a list of 800 applications meet the qualifications for the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo or the “Works with Windows Vista” logo. If you are wondering what the difference between “certified” and “works with” is, check out this language:

The “Certified for Windows Vista” logo is a compatibility designation for applications and devices that have passed a rigorous testing program on computers that are running Windows Vista. The technical requirements for this designation target four core areas: reliability, security, compatibility with Windows Vista and future operating systems, and installation and removal.


The “Works with Windows Vista” logo is a compatibility designation that is designed to encourage Windows Vista compatibility for the current generation of Windows-based applications. To receive this designation, software companies test their applications to make sure that the applications meet the program’s guidelines.