Explore Microsoft's list of applications that are certified to be compatible with Windows 10.
- [Instructor] One of the best ways to find out if your applications are going to work with Windows 10 or not, is to find out what Microsoft says about the particular application. And Microsoft actually maintains a website specifically for that purpose. It's called the Ready for Windows site, so let's take a look. I'm going to open up my browser, and I'll enter ready for windows into the search engine. And you can the Ready for Windows site right here, https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us, that's the localization, /windows/readyforwindows.
Let's go ahead and go to the site and see what this looks like. So here's the Ready for Windows site and the very first thing that you'll probably notice is that right now there's a great big alert that's being displayed at the top of the site. Chances are, this alert is probably going to be gone by the time you see this video, but if you do see an alert, it's a good idea to take a moment and read it and just see if it's something that applies to your situation or not. What I want to do is move down on the page and take a look at where we would go to find out if an application is compatible with Windows 10. So you can see right here we have a search box where we can enter an application name and we'll do that in just a moment, but before I do, I want to scroll down a little bit further and show you something that Microsoft has set up for us.
They've got a couple of different categories of applications and they show us compatibility information for applications within those categories. For example, here we have Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. And we see some of the leading VPN solutions and we can see green check icons that show us whether those solutions are ready for Windows 10 Version 1709, Version 1703, and Version 1607. So we can tell at a glance whether or not these particular solutions are compatible with various builds of Windows 10.
And then we have the same thing here for Virtualization. If I click on Virtualization, then we see some leading virtualization products and we see compatibility information for various builds of Windows 10. But what if we want to check out an application that's not listed on the screen? Well, no problem, we can use that search engine that I showed you a moment ago. So let's do that. I'm going to scroll back up and let's search on an application. Let's try VLC Media Player. So I'll just enter the name of the application and here we can see the search results.
And so for the first two results we see the green check icon indicating that the application works, but even beyond that we can see that this particular application has been highly adopted. The one below that has been adopted. And then we have a few other variations of the application that are also listed. Now, if this ended up being a really long list of results, there are some ways that we could filter this. We could filter it by Solution type. We could look at only Desktop apps or only Universal Windows apps and things like that.
Now, something else that is worth paying attention to here is the Windows build number. Because if you look right here, the information that we're seeing is valid only for Windows 10 Version 1703. If I click the down arrow, then we can look for a couple of other of Windows builds. So, let's say I'm running build number 1709. We would want to choose 1709 so that we are looking at the most current information. So I'll choose 1709 and I'll press enter, and it looks like the results are basically the same.
But if there was a difference, then we would see the information shown on the screen updated to reflect those differences. So that's how you go about using the Ready for Windows site to check application compatibility with Windows 10.
- Navigating the Windows 10 interface
- Implementing Windows 10 security
- Managing application compatibility
- Improving application performance with Game Mode
- Inking with Edge
- Configuring a network adapter
- Enabling mixed reality in Windows 10
- Using virtualization in Windows 10
- Using Remote Desktop Services
- Managing updates on individual devices and in the enterprise