Yes you heard right and while gaining a Windows 7 logo certification may rule out many of the Netbooks that are available now, I do personally think it is a great idea and leaves less ambiguity to choosing a PC, why you ask…. well NOW is the right time to go 64bit not just with hardware (many if not all CPUs these days are 64bit compatible) but with software and Microsoft have recognised this, so their logo program is now only allowing a Windows 7 Logo certification to hardware that can run both 32bit and 64bit, so if there are no drivers for a PCs hardware for 64bit then its not going to pass Windows 7 Logo testing.
In the end this gives a better choice and clearer choice to consumers.
Core parts from an article posted on the Windows Team Blog
“First, let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Relph and I am a Senior Director with the Windows Product Strategy Group and I lead a group known as the Windows Ecosystem Team. My team and I focus on a few specific areas – compatibility of applications & hardware, working with our partners and driving developer excitement for Windows 7 (and beyond). As we count down to the launch of Windows 7, I will be posting updates from all of these areas.
For Windows 7, we’ve made a number of changes to the Logo criteria and the process for granting Logo status. Our goal is to make the “Compatible with Windows 7 Logo” about the customer and ensuring them the best experience possible with Windows. A few of the changes we made include:
- We focused on robust testing requirements to ensure optimal Windows 7 experience. Products that receive the Logo are checked for common issues to minimize the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user.
- To be granted the Logo, products are tested to work with all versions of Windows 7 including 64-bit. This is an important change since 64 bit systems are becoming more mainstream.
- We changed the testing process, reducing the amount of paperwork required and making it less expensive for our partners to achieve the logo.
- We reached out to partners earlier giving them more time to test their products for use with Windows 7
These changes have already been met with positive results from our partner community. For the last several months we have been running a program for partners called Ready.Set.7 designed to help them achieve the logo.”
Full article at the Windows Team Blog HERE
For Hardware and Software developers already certified for Windows 7 Logo see HERE