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Microsoft killed its Windows Compatibility Website

During Microsoft’s run up to the finishing line for the first public release of Windows 10, the company had slightly updated its Windows Compatibility Website with support for the new version of Windows.

The Windows Compatibility Center provided a library of hardware and software for you to verify if it works with Windows 10. Today while trying to access the website, I was not able to log in, I only got an error message. And now the site just redirects to Microsoft’s website.

What Happened to Windows Compatibility Website?

After contacting @MicrosoftHelps on Twitter, I was directed to a forum thread on the Microsoft Community website from two months ago with a reply to a forum participant detailing the changes going forward:

Microsoft is moving towards a Windows as a Service model where we expect OS releases to happen more frequently. This means we will work even closer with our partner ecosystem in order to keep compatibility on an extremely high level. This also means that maintaining a site for compatibility for each release of Windows moving forward will potentially be redundant and unnecessary. To this end, are retiring the Windows Compatibility Center.

The way to assess compatibility of apps for consumers is to use the ‘Get Windows 10’ app, which has a customized compatibility report for each PC, and provides a unified compatibility view of a PC, its on-board devices and apps.

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The now defunct Windows Compatibility Center website

People have been wary of installing the Get Windows 10 app, fearing it might upgrade their existing version of Windows without permission. If you want to determine the compatibility of applications and hardware, this is the way to do it going forward. The unfortunate aspect to this, you can’t verify an application without having it installed first.

Get Windows 10 App

The future of testing your apps and hardware is the Get Windows 10 app…whether you like it or not.

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2 Responses to Microsoft killed its Windows Compatibility Website

  1. Ed December 3, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    Another example of inconsiderate arrogance by MS.

    Ditching that website could end up being a big mistake for MS when people discover their favorite software no longer works under W10.

    Forcing people to jump without knowing what’s below could also cause them to have fewer qualms about jumping over to Linux. Far too many Windows programs will run under WINE and there are very similar alternative equivalents of most Win-ware.

  2. Jan December 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    JARGON alert! What on earth is “our partner ecosystem”? As before, my family will continue to hold on to our Windows 7 computers until either they die or 2020 brings an end to security support for that very satisfactory (to us and, apparently, many others) OS. We have some fairly simple software that does what we need for photos and have kept it through several OS changes, but I fear that Win7 will be the last.

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