Microsoft includes a wonderful add-on to Windows 7 that allows users to install and run applications which are designed to run on Windows XP in a virtual machine.
.This makes Windows 7 totally acceptable by business organization which uses windows xp for years who are not ready to migrate to vista because of the backward compatibility issuesThe major draw back of vista was its software compatibility and here comes the solution for it. This is the first time Microsoft relied on virtualisation concept to provide backward compatibility – developers will be able to get their hands on it from this Thursday when Microsoft releases the first RC version of Windows 7.
Dubbed “Windows XP Mode,” the add-on creates an XP virtual environment running under Virtual PC, Microsoft’s client virtualisation technology, within Windows 7, said Scott Woodgate, the director of Windows enterprise and virtualisation strategy.
In a post to a company blog, Woodgate said the add-on is on its way to convince businesses to migrate to Windows 7. “All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode,” said Woodgate. “The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.”
According to Rivera’s Within Windows blog – Thurrott published a nearly identical write-up on his SuperSite for Windows – Windows XP Mode will be available as a free download only to Windows 7 Professional users, Ultimate and Enterprise, the three top-priced editions of the new OS.
Windows 7 Enterprise is available only to companies with volume licensing agreements.
Windows XP Mode (XPM) requires processor-based virtualisation support and is based on the next-generation Microsoft Virtual PC 7 virtualization technology, said Rivera, who also disclosed that Microsoft will include a fully licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) with the add-on. That, in effect, gives Windows 7 users a way to run older applications without having to pay for another operating system licence.
The addon has the ability to run Windows XP applications direct from the Windows 7 desktop without having to first open a separate virtual machine window just like using VM ware in apple machintosh to mount windows xp. XPM does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop,Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. That way, users can run Windows XP-based applications, like IE6, alongside Windows 7 applications under a single desktop.”
Both Rivera and Thurrott trumpeted XPM as a “huge convenience” for Microsoft’s corporate customers, and predicted that Microsoft will be able to discard older code and technologies from future versions of Windows, and instead rely on virtualisation to provide backward compatibility.
Thurrott has published a series of screenshots that show XPM’s installation, and of a Windows XP application running within Windows 7.
Although Rivera and Thurrott said that Microsoft would offer XPM when it ships Windows 7, Woodgate promised that a beta of the new add-on would be released “soon” for Windows 7, presumably on or near the launch of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC).