Microsoft added a new provision for Logo Certification in a March 21 2008 update to the Microsoft Hardware Logo Program Requirements, which requries, every original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who wish to get their new PCs certified by the Windows Logo Program for the “Certified for Windows Vista” label will have to get their hands on with Windows 7 when it’s available.
This new policy, which will become effective June 1, 2008, says there is no requirement that you pass the Windows 7 test to get your Windows Vista Logo Certification, just that you submit it and resolve any issue found before launch of the next OS Windows 7.
This is a clear indication that Microsoft is working to ensure it will not repeat the same failings of Windows Vista and is working to get well ahead of this in the Windows 7 timeframe.
Now for those who haven’t seen such poorly formatted tables before, I’ll just explain briefly what it’s trying to imply. This policy requires computers of all classification (desktop, mobile) for all purposes (consumer & business) and running all SKUs of Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium) to comply with its “future requirements” when the Windows 7 beta is released. To comply, such OEMs much upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and export a set of automatically generated driver test logs to submit with their application, regardless of whether they pass or not.