Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years you will have heard at some point, someone cry, “This program ran perfectly in XP and now won’t work in Vista!”
To ensure that the same fiasco doesn’t happen again, Microsoft are including an “XP Mode” into their new operating system, Windows 7. The inclusion is a move to encourage users to switch to 7 without fear of incompatability issues.
It will be achieved by using the software giant’s own virtualisation software, “Virtual PC” to run those problematic apps.
A Microsoft blog stated; “Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7,” said Microsoft. “Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.”
It won’t be as cumbersome as some imagine, the appliations will be installed directly into the virtual XP envrionment and then published to the Windows 7 desktop/program menu to be run by users.
Without being specific on test release dates, Microsoft have said they will “soon” release a beta version of XP Mode for 7 Professional and 7 Ultimate. It is unclear if the final release will be limited to specific 7 flavours.