Microsoft has announced that of June 1, it requires hardware makers to test their device drivers on Windows 7 to receive certification for Vista, reports Computerworld.
It explained on its Web site:
Beginning with the release of the first beta of the next operating system, all Windows Vista client and Windows Server 2008 submissions must include a complete [set of] test logs for the new beta OS.
Drivers don't necessarily have to pass those tests in the first beta of Windows 7, but the test results must be submitted. No release date for the beta has been announced, but the company seems determined to avoid the driver problems that have plagued Vista.
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