Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows It's something lots of people here on OSNews have been waiting for. It's something we've talked about, something we've theorised about, and something we've declared as the future for Windows' backwards compatibility - and now it's here, and official. Over a month ago, Microsoft bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have been briefed by Microsoft on a technology for Windows 7 called Windows XP Mode. Available as a free download for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate users, it's a fully integrated and licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 in a VirtualPC-based environment, with full "coherence" support. In other words, it's Microsoft's variant of Apple's Classic environment, and it's coming to Windows 7, for free. Near-instant update: The Windows 7 RC will indeed be available publicly on May 5. TechNet/MSDN will get it April 30.
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Other Virtual Systems?
by nickelbackro on Sat 25th Apr 2009 04:52 UTC
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2009-04-12

What I'm wondering about is whether Windows 9X, Windows 3.X and DOS will be supported eventually? With the possibility of the DOS command line being dropped altogether in favor of the Powershell.

Because I know that in some enterprise environments there is so much legacy code (and legacy hardware such as custom expansion cards) that needs full Windows 9X (and believe it or not Windows 3.x or DOS) support.

This also leads me to wonder who will be the first Linux distribution to make a Linux VM purely for Windows 7?

The only part that bugs me is that a separate license is required for each VM environment, gladly a XP license is included but what about 9.X and 3.x if they make these available? It would be kinda pathetic to ask businesses paying for 7 Professional to plunk down $50 or so for Windows 3.1.

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