Windows 7 RC Announced, To Feature Virtual Windows XP
Microsoft is all set to launch the Release Candidate (RC) of its Windows 7 this week, with public availability starting from 5th May. In a post on the Windows Team Blog, Scott Woodgate of Microsoft confirmed that Windows 7 will carry certain features of Window XP.
Microsoft’s latest operating system will feature a virtualised Windows XP install to ensure it is backwardly compatible. According to a report on CNet, the “Window XP Mode” has been designed for smooth transition from XP to Windows 7; it removes the major backward compatibility issues that were faced by early Windows Vista users.
The compatibility mode is based on Microsoft’s Virtual PC technology and will be available as a free optional download for Window 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions only. Other versions of the next generation operating will not receive the benefit of this backward compatibility.
Discussing the functionality built into Windows 7, Scott Woodgate said that it has been “specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7.” This has also been given as the reason behind Microsoft providing backward compatibility only in the business versions of Windows 7.
Explaining how users can work in the compatibility mode, Woodgate said, “all you need to do is install suitable applications directly in Windows XP mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC [and then] the applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.”
While the Beta versions of Windows 7 did not have Windows XP Mode functionality, the company is expected to make it available with the upcoming Release Candidate.