Microsoft has unveiled updated tools which it says can help companies reduce deployment time for Windows XP by two thirds.
The Windows XP Application Compatibility Toolkit 2.6 - supplied free at the company's Desktop Center - is designed to encourage Windows XP and Office adoption in corporate environments.
Microsoft said that it developed the software suite to reduce the time needed to test and update applications running on Windows XP. The toolkit tests applications to see whether they are optimised for the operating system.
Rogers Weed, corporate vice president of Windows product management at Microsoft, said in a statement: "Enterprise customers told us they wanted better tools and resources to help them through the deployment process.
"The toolkit will alleviate much of the burden of testing applications, and streamline the process by addressing compatibility issues before deploying the operating system across the organisation."
The toolkit also includes the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 1.1 which scans corporate desktops for missing security updates and service packs. It also identifies common system misconfigurations.
"Application compatibility is one of the primary concerns of enterprises currently evaluating the deployment of Windows XP," said Michael Silver, vice president and research director at Gartner, in a statement.
"It is not uncommon for enterprises to have hundreds or thousands of applications to test for compatibility before deploying a new operating system."
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