Seagull Emulator Gains Vista Certification
March 20, 2007 Alex Woodie
Seagull Software‘s terminal emulation product for iSeries, zSeries, and Unix hosts, called BlueZone, has been certified by Microsoft to run on Windows Vista, the software vendor announced last week.
When BlueZone version 4.1 ships next month, it will be one of two terminal emulators certified to run on Vista, the new desktop operating system from Microsoft. (The only other emulator to receive the certification is Attachmate‘s EXTRA! X-treme version 9, which Attachmate claims was the first product in any category to gain the certification.)
Microsoft offers two Vista compatibility programs, including “certified for Vista” and “works with Vista.” You might be asking yourself “what does ‘certified for Vista’ mean?” According to Microsoft’s documentation, programs certified for Vista must include these aspects: support for the new User Account Control (UAC) features; support for X64 versions of Vista (although 32-bit software is still allowed, all legacy 16-bit components must be removed); the capability to sign files and drivers (for security); the capability to perform version checking properly; support for concurrent user sessions; the capability to block loading services and drivers in Windows’ safe mode; and to follow certain anti-malware policies.
Seagull’s BlueZone 4.1 satisfied all these requirements, earning it the Vista certification. According to Jeremy Sharp, vice president of sales for Seagull Software’s BlueZone business unit, the certification will help set BlueZone apart from the competition. “Vista certification is important to our customers, and now BlueZone has met the stringent Microsoft Windows Vista certification requirements,” he says.
To see the full list of applications that have received the “certified for Vista” logo, check out http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/933305.