Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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Actually Windows 7 had the xpmode :)
by gbtw on Wed 7th Mar 2012 07:47 UTC
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Thom, it was Windows 7 that had the XP mode for backwards compatibility.

But in terms of user impact you are right. ;)

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Drumhellar Member since:

I think a closer comparison would be NTVDM, which allowed 16-bit DOS and Windows apps to run on 32-bit NT versions.

This allowed software using old APIs that didn't have memory protection or preemptive multitasking to run in an environment that did, via a virtual machine.

Really, the only thing that prevented some XP software from running in Vista was poor programming practices.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

VS 2005 never worked right in Windows Vista

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