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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RE: One more reason
by blitze on Sat 25th Apr 2009 15:06 UTC in reply to "One more reason"
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You don't need to wait for a service pack. MS is on the ball with Windows 7 and it is runing really well from Public Beta onwards.

Being testing it with Graphic Design and Audio Duties and it shines. Also is handling the Media entertainment centre well although I am utilising Foobar2000 for audio and VLC for Video.

This is what Vista should have been but then I know OS-X wasn't so hot on release either.

Pulling legacy code/API's out of Win 7 and virtualising them is a very smart move on MS's part but it took Apple and Linux to show MS how easy it could be done.

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