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[3]: One more reason
by MollyC on Sun 26th Apr 2009 03:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: One more reason"
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This is what Vista should have been but then I know OS-X wasn't so hot on release either.

Remember when OSX 10.0 came out Apple made it pretty clear that is was Beta software and would be a while before this would be good for production. They didn't try to push people to use it making people think it was great yet by their own admission its half baked.

Apple charged $129 for 10.0 Cheetah but gave Cheetah users a free upgrade to 10.1 Puma. They also gave you a choice between full OS 9 or OS 10 till 10.2 on their PC's.

I found OSX 10.0 to be much worse than Vista, and that's why Apple was reluctant to push it as much (I don't recall them belittling it to the extent you claim; I can't even imagine Steve Jobs admitting to Apple releasing "half-baked" product). I also found OSX 10.1 to be little more than a service pack for OSX 10.0, so sure, it was free, just as Microsoft's service packs are.

Vista wasn't all it should've been by a long shot, but there's no need to pretend that Apple was any better with the way they handled their early OSX releases.

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