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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by asupcb on Sat 25th Apr 2009 04:04 UTC
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I work for a small non-profit and we were really worried about having to update to Windows Vista/7 because it is incompatible with our current CRM which we can't afford to upgrade due to the bad economy. This means we can still buy new computers as our old ones crap out and not have to worry about spending $10,000 for an updated version of what we currently run. I'm running Vista on my home laptop right now (I have an XP/Ubuntu Dual boot server as well) and I think I might actually be tempted to upgrade Vista to 7 once the first Win 7 SP is released.

This is great news!

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