Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Webinar: In-depth demonstration of AOK Browse-it Tool

With the launch of Windows 7 and IE8 as the embedded browser, compatibility for web-based applications and websites is crucial to ensure a smooth and cost-efficient migration. In 2010 web applications now outnumber native installed applications by a ratio of 1.2 to 1. This trend towards adoption of web-based applications makes it critical for organisations to be able to ensure compatibility.

ChangeBASE’s latest Plug-in for browsers, AOK Browse-It, enables organisations to speed-up their migrations to IE8 by overcoming this last compatibility hurdle.

Join the AOK Team on Monday 23rd  August, 2010 (4pm BST/ 11am EST / 8am PST / 5pm CET) for an one hour webinar with Chief Technology Architect, Greg Lambert to find out the below.

The categories of compatibility challenges facing organisations migrating to IE8 including:

  • Compatibility of web-based applications that need to integrate with the browser to enable functionality
  • Rendering issues where a website, rather than an application, may not render or display correctly or certain buttons or links may not work

How AOK Browse-It can address these concerns and enable a smooth and easy migration

In-depth demonstration of AOK Browse-it including enhanced granular reporting

Courtesy: Changebase Communication emails

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Free Webinar – Windows 7 and Application Compatibility

In the recent survey which the Changebase team made with eMedia, 66% of responding subscribers indicated that the primary challenge to migrating to any new Windows platform was application compatibility. In response, the AOK team is hosting a FREE 1 hour webinar on Thursday 5th November at 11.00am.

During this webinar, Greg Lambert (Chief Technical Architect of AOK) will

  • Discuss the findings from the 20 Windows 7 application compatibility engagements we have undertaken with clients in recent months.
  • Discuss what technical issues organisations will face as they migrate to Windows 7 and importantly just how much of their application portfolio they can get working on Windows 7.
  • Demonstrate with AOK how quickly and easily you can load applications into our workbench, assess their compatibility with Windows 7 and then automatically fix the majority of the issues found.
  • Discuss the Windows 7 plugins
  • Show you sample Red Amber Green (RAG) reports which AOK generates.

Reserve your webinar Seat: here


  • Title: Windows 7 and Application Compatibility – Making it Easier, Quicker and More Cost Effective
  • Date:Thursday, November 5, 2009
  • Time:11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar!

Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

ChangeBASE Announces the Launch of Version 3.0 of AOK for Citrix XenApp

AOKChangeBASE AOK, the world leader in automated application compatibility testing and remediation today announces the release of AOK v 3.0 for Citrix with a comprehensive suite of testing and remediation plug-ins for Citrix® XenApp™ – hosted or streamed.

Building on the first release of AOK for Citrix in June last year the new features allow organisations to rapidly assess the readiness of their application portfolio for the XenApp environment and identify what changes, if any, are needed in the application for it to run on XenApp. In many cases ChangeBASE AOK can automatically make the necessary changes with a click of the ‘fix-it’ button.

Specific checks include:-

Citrix Platform Compatibility Checks
NTService Reboot Requirements
Drivers (SYS) Local Host Check
DCOM/COM+ Seamless Presentation
USER32 Citrix WRP
Machine DSN 32-BIT
Network Stack Update 64-BIT Apps
Multi-User Access (INI) 64-BIT Systems
DLL Hell Citrix Benefits
Printer Drivers Private Middleware

John Tate, Managing Director of ChangeBASE commented,

“We are really excited about the new release of AOK and the support we have had from Citrix to make this happen. Our product is a natural fit for Citrix testing/remediation. The breadth and depth of our tests and fixing will give Citrix customers the confidence to deploy their applications to a virtualised environment and will save them time and money in the process.”

Bill Hartwick, Senior Director of Product Marketing, XenApp product group, Citrix also commented,

“Our technical team has been working closely with ChangeBASE over the last few months and the additional features offered with version 3.0 of AOK for Citrix is a result of this collaboration and testing. In particular the enhanced dashboard will give organisations the ability to assess their entire application portfolio’s readiness for XenApp in a matter of minutes or hours. With their ability to automatically remediate issues this can save weeks or months of work compared to the conventional manual approach.”

Tate continued ‘We have already signed up a number of ChangeBASE partners to work with us on this program including Getronics, Accenture, Dimension Data, SCC and Satyam. We are looking to recruit a number of additional organisations to join this community – particularly those with strong knowledge of the Citrix XenApp environment.’

About ChangeBASE Limited

Founded in 2006 and Headquartered in London, England, ChangeBASE is the provider and developer of AOK, a product that automates the management and upgrade of applications in a Microsoft environment. ChangeBASE counts Dimension Data, SCC, Satyam, Getronics, Symantec, and Microsoft as partners and GSK, Astra Zeneca and Man Investments amongst its enterprise customers.

About Citrix and XenApp

Citrix® and XenApp™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

John Tate,
Managing Director, ChangeBASE

Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Changebase AOK: Overcoming Compatibility Issues

The uptake of Vista in the corporate space has been comparatively low, when compared to other versions of Windows. This can be attributed to a number of issues: people being concerned with the fundamental changes between the XP and Vista operating systems; performance issues; the requirement for a desktop refresh; and last but not least the effort to migrate – the largest component of which is the testing and remediation of application compatibility issues.

The scale of change introduced by Vista which includes a completely new kernel, a raft of new security measures and rules, and a number of deprecated components and APIs, meant that the majority of applications within an estate would either require some remediation, fail to work correctly or possibly fail to install altogether.

Well Vista is now a couple of years old and has received an increasing number of positive reviews. Windows 7 has addressed many of the issues that people have with Vista and improved both real and perceived performance. So what then of the remaining issue of application compatibility? As mentioned previously, Windows 7 is built on the same kernel as Vista, it is the same underlying platform. What this means for application compatibility is that ALL the same rules apply to Windows 7 as apply to Vista… and there will be new compatibility concerns introduced with the launch of Windows 7 like Mail being deprecated as an example. The application compatibility issue is not going to go away. It will increase. Windows 7 will have more hurdles that applications will have to overcome to install and run correctly. Additionally, Windows 7 introduces more security features and these will also need to be complied with in order to get an application to install and function correctly.

To migrate to Windows 7 an organization will need to surmount all the Vista compatibility issues AND the new Windows 7 compatibility rules. Between 60-80% of applications will need some remediation to meet the requirements to be deployable to Vista. Around 5% will not work at all and will require vendor or programmer upgrades.

A software company called ChangeBASE AOK, has developed a suite of automated, highly innovative applications that hugely improve the time, quality, consistency and cost of the test, remediation and ongoing management challenges that companies face as they begin the process of migrating their applications from one Operating System or deployment environment to another. This white paper speaks on the potential issues of application compatiblity on Windows 7 and how AOK as a product has taken special care for mitigating them.

The complete white paper can be downloaded : Click Here

PS: You may need to register in Changebase’s website to download the white paper; but trust me.. its worth the pain you take.