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Microsoft has updated a free tool designed to streamline the migration to the latest iteration of Windows client for end users.

At the end of the past month, the Redmond company quietly refreshed the Application Compatibility Toolkit version 5.6

“With relatively little fanfare (in other words, with no fanfare that I am aware of) we released an update to the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6,” revealed Microsoft’s Chris Jackson.

The RTM Build of Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 was offered to users in June 2010, with the latest update set up to resolve various issues identified by Microsoft or reported through feedback.

“One of these was the fact that a piece of the StockViewer app wasn’t working, which was pointed out to me by somebody attending one of my workshops,” Jackson explained. More »

Microsoft has updated a tool that is offering customers the possibility to streamline upgrades to the latest versions of its Windows client platform. Version 5.6 of the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is now available through the Microsoft Download Center. As it was the case with the previous releases of the utility, the latest Build is offered as a free download. Customers can leverage the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 in the context in which they need to upgrade older machines to either Windows Vista or Windows 7.

“The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.6 contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7, Windows Vista, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment,” Microsoft stated. More »