Windows Server 8 Beta App Certification requirements, tools finalized

Just picked out some new Windows Server 8 certification documentation from the continuing trickle of updates hitting MSDN and Microsoft’s Download Center. (XPS? Troll much?)

The Windows Server Application Certification Program has released the finalized requirements to validate your software's compatibility with Windows Server "8" beta.

[…] The majority of applications that currently run on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should work on Windows Server “8” Beta with no changes. Those applications which do not run on Windows Server “8” Beta may:

  • Run with the help of a Compatibility Layer (a setting which provides some Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 functions to the application)
  • Run with the help of an Elevation Layer (a setting which runs the application with Administrator privileges)
  • Make code changes to enable it to run on Windows Server “8” Beta through a product update

In conjunction with the documentation release is a new Windows Server App Certification Kit, although it requires you to be running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server 8 Beta (i.e. useless at the moment).