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Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 is available for download !!!

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ACT 5.6 Architecture:

Cool news, Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 is available for download !

Brief Description

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.6 contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7®, Windows Vista®, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer® in your environment.

Overview

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 helps customers understand their application compatibility situation by identifying which applications are compatible with the Windows 7® and Windows Vista® operating system and which require further testing. ACT helps customers lower their costs for application compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Windows more quickly.

You can use the ACT features to:

  • Verify an application’s compatibility with a new version of the Windows operating system, or a Windows Update, including determining your risk assessment.
  • Become involved in the ACT Community, including sharing your risk assessment with other ACT users.
  • Test your Web applications and Web sites for compatibility with new releases and security updates to the Windows Internet Explorer® Internet browser.

ACT 5.6 Topology:

What’s new Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 ?

  • Updated Deprecation Issue Detection

The Windows Compatibility Evaluator (WCE) now detects files that were deprecated in Windows Vista® and Windows 7. This includes detection for the use of winmail.exe, milcore.dll, outlook.exe, and msagent.exe.
Support for 64-bit Operating Systems and Applications
ACT 5.6 now supports both running on and providing issue detection for 64-bit operating systems and applications.

  • Compatibility Evaluator Support

The ACT compatibility evaluators can now operate on computers that are running a 32-bit version or a 64-bit version of Windows. In addition, the compatibility evaluators can now detect issues for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

  • Application Compatibility Manager Support

ACT 5.6 enables you to test and separately evaluate both 32-bit and 64-bit applications that are running on Windows 7.
Standard User Analyzer Support
The Standard User Analyzer (SUA) tool enables you to use a computer that has a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows to fix compatibility issues that occur with 32-bit applications.

  • Compatibility Administrator Support

ACT 5.6 automatically installs a 64-bit version of the Compatibility Administrator on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of the Windows operating system. You can use this version of the Compatibility Administrator to create and apply compatibility fixes (previously known as “shims”) to 64-bit and Microsoft Intermediate Language applications.

  • Microsoft Compatibility Exchange Support

The Microsoft Compatibility Exchange Web service can now provide vendor assessments for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications and update impact reports for 64-bit operating systems.

  • Improved Community Assessments

ACT 5.6 has updated the ACT Community to use a voting mechanism that displays application compatibility ratings in the Community Assessment column of the Analyze screen. This new mechanism combines your application assessment information with all of the information provided by the other ACT Community members.

  • Improved ACT Compatibility Web Service Performance

ACT 5.6 uses an improved Microsoft Compatibility Exchange Web service that decreases the amount of time required to synchronize your compatibility data with Microsoft and increases the reliability of the synchronization process.

  • Inclusion of the StockViewer Demonstration Application

You can use the StockViewer demonstration application with the Mitigating Issues by Using Compatibility Fixes topic in the ACT online Help to learn how to locate and fix compatibility issues by using both the SUA and the Compatibility Administrator tools.

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