Microsoft has added another component to its toolbox of free testing software to ease compatibility with the upcoming Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft states it has released a "highly automated" tool for determining whether third party software is compatible the Works with Windows Server 2008 program.
The new OS, which was code-named Longhorn Server is expected to be manufactured early next year, a recent change from Microsoft's earlier target of late this year. In the meantime, a Beta 3 version of Windows Server 2008 can be downloaded from the Microsoft’s Web site.
Compatibility of third-party software to the Windows Server 2008 is crucial for Microsoft if it wishes to drive up demand for the Windows system among corporate users.
The release of the new tool follows the company's earlier announcement of a more-rigorous software testing program called Certified for Windows Server 2008, which is a freely downloadable testing tool.
Applications that meet the Works with Windows Server 2008 criteria can sport a logo indicating that on the marketing materials created by their vendors. Companies that want their products listed as being Certified for Windows Server 2008 must be tested by an independent firm, using the same testing tool that Microsoft offers on its Web site.