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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Moving Forward...
by Drumhellar on Sat 25th Apr 2009 18:26 UTC
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This is a great move on Microsoft's part. It shows that they do listen to their users.

As for those who slight Microsoft for now allowing XPM to run on systems without hardware virtualization, well, you should learn about a thing before you talk about a thing. There are technical reasons why that's the way to go, and business reasons not to.

Hardware virtualization offers a measure of security and stability that isn't possible with a purely software approach. If your processor supports nested page tables, which the newer ones do, you get a performance boost, but if not, well, you still get the stability.

The idea that they are trying to force you to upgrade your computer is unfounded. They are not in the hardware business. Most new systems (except the low-cost low-performance systems) support hardware virtualization. By not requiring virtualization support, they have a wider audience to sell to. However, they decided to listen to the technology and not the marketing. They should be applauded.

Let's not forget that the purpose of Windows 7 isn't to fix the Vista technology, it's to fix the Vista stigma. Now that SP1 is out, now that the hardware has come around, Vista turned into a fine piece of software (once you turn UAC off, that is). However, it is still treated extremely unfairly by the media.

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