Microsoft this week announced that an application compatibility guarantee it gave to enterprises migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has gone global.

The “Desktop App Assure” program, which launched in October and was then available in North America only, has been expanded to all markets, Brad Anderson, the executive who leads the Microsoft 365 group, said in a post to a company blog.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that one of the most important considerations for shifting to a modern desktop is application compatibility, and we’ve done a massive amount of work to ensure that Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus are now the most compatible upgrades ever,” Anderson said.

App Assure is a benefit to customers who subscribe to Windows 10 or Microsoft 365, both which come in E3 and E5 plans. The service is available to those who purchase 150 or more licenses of an eligible plan.

Incompatible app? Microsoft says it will fix it for free

Microsoft introduced App Assure last year, pitching it as one component of “FastTrack Center Benefit,” a collection of free services and tools for deploying various enterprise-grade products, including the Microsoft 365 subscription, a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

The idea behind App Assure is just that. “If an app works on a previous version of Windows and, when you update to the latest version of Windows 10, it stops working, we’ll fix it for free,” wrote Chris Jackson, a principal program manager, in an Oct. 16 post. That pledge would hold whether the application needed to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or from one version of Windows 10 to another.

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