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[4]: Hummmm.
by Windows Sucks on Sun 26th Apr 2009 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hummmm. "
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According to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization#Intel_Virtualizatio...

Some Core and Atom chips have VT. What ever the case maybe most companies are on three years cycles where the depreciate their computers over a 3 year period and keeping them beyond that basically becomes a cost burden. Also, once you upgrade to Core 2, the need to upgrade on the three year cycle will be reduced given that Core 2 pretty much provides all the features that a business would require when it comes to virtualisation, speed, reliability and future proofing.
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You are right. Companies wont have a problem with this as XPM is really aimed at companies they know will already have enterprise licenses for Windows XP. Which is why they are pushing it as a "feature" on their pro products. The average user will miss this train though.


[q]It will be interesting how they address that quandary - then again I've always maintained that Microsoft needs to move away from their dependence on Windows and Office so that they can pull down the price, have server and desktop edition (and differentiate based on the level of support rather than features) - and put all the focus when it comes to profit on the middleware.


I think the problem with going the middleware direction is that MS can't lock you in as easy that way. Right now their lock in is Office on Windows. Office on Mac is one of the things that has grown the Mac as of late. People don't feel so scared to switch. And MS is making money off Office on Mac knowing that Apple will never get but so big in the "PC" market because of their price point.

Middleware from MS will get hammered by Oracle, RedHat and IBM. There is no "Must Need" product made by MS besides Windows and Office.

When you look at:

Exchange
Share point
IIS
SQL server
etc.

All those things can be replaced in an environment (Not to say MS is not making money off them) pretty easy with sometimes better products.

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