Sometimes I come across products that seem like a really good idea, that really try to solve a genuine problem. Last month Newham Borough Council’s CIO, Richard Steel, told me that he would have to delay rolling out Windows Vista because the desktop applications the council used, were not certified.
A company called ChangeBase called me up soon after this article was published. ChangeBase has developed a piece of software called Aok, which contains a database of failed application installations that occur on Vista.
According to the founders, more often than not, failures occur because the Microsoft installation script (MSI) used to install the application hardwires the operating system. Fix the script and the application should install. Other problems include Windows Registry settings that conflict with legacy operating system components and unsupported device drivers.
Pharmaceutical company AstraZenenca is one company already using the Aok tool. Out of 500 applications so far tested, 24 failed because of the installation file.
If Aok really does work, it could save companies many, many man-hours of testing and help some organisations make incompatible applications work on Vista. I’m keen to hear if anyone has tried Aok yet, and their experience.