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Microsoft made the release candidate of Windows 7 available today, if you’re a TechNet or MSDN subscriber. (The rest of us will have to wait until May 5.) The really good news is that Windows 7 will include “XP Mode”:  a fully licensed, virtualized copy of […]

logo_windowsMicrosoft made the release candidate of Windows 7 available today, if you’re a TechNet or MSDN subscriber. (The rest of us will have to wait until May 5.)

The really good news is that Windows 7 will include “XP Mode”:  a fully licensed, virtualized copy of Windows XP. XP Mode will be available as a download for users with Windows 7 Professional and up. As Jeff Atwood notes:

The attraction of virtualizing older operating systems is that it throws off the eternal yoke of backwards compatibility. Instead of bending over backwards to make sure you never break any old APIs, you can build new systems free of the contortions and compromises inherent in guaranteeing that new versions of the operating system never break old applications.

XP Mode should mean that Windows 7 is completely backwards-compatible with XP, and should also mean that Microsoft can start removing the older cruft from the OS that is currently only there to ensure backward-compatibility.

I’m looking forward to checking out Windows 7. Are you?

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  2. I have tried the beta version only and i am not in a mood to buy the original one right now. Btw simon this is really great if they would be offering the XP mode too in the Windows 7.

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  4. I skipped Vista but have heard many good things about W7 so I’m looking forward to giving it a try. Hearing it has XP compatibility mode strengthens that idea.

    I think the widely rejected Vista did more to sell Apple computers than did Apple itself. My guess is W7 will alter the growth statistics of Apple once again, not in Apple’s favor.

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  5. @John I skipped Vista too. It just wasn’t worth upgrading for but W7 looks like it will be pretty good. I’m especially looking forward to trying it out with a touchscreen. When I first heard that it would have a touch interface I thought it was a gimmick, but having owned an iphone I can see that a touch interface could be really useful.

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  6. [...] you’re planning on adding XP Mode (a virtualized copy of Windows XP that ensures full backwards-compatibility), you’ll need 2 [...]

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  7. [...] I noted in my post about the Windows 7 RC launch earlier this week, the hardware requirements of Windows 7 are not much more onerous than those of Vista, so even [...]

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  8. Barton Hewett Saturday, May 9, 2009

    I have been running Win 7 beta for three months now and have had very few problems. It is much nicer, faster, and pleasant to use than Vista and I am a real fan of it. I am going to install the RC today on two machines. MS has a really winer here!

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