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[5]: Hummmm.
by Vlad on Sun 26th Apr 2009 16:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hummmm. "
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When you look at:

Share point
SQL server

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.

I'll pick a Linux-based solution to those any day, but you're completely wrong when you say "...can be replaced in an environment pretty easy...". The actual cost of converting is almost certainly greater than buying new MS licenses flat out. New/very small businesses which don't have existing infrastructure are another story, but then they're not exactly converting, are they?

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