REDMOND, Wash. — April 28, 2009 — As part of the upcoming Windows 7 Release Candidate milestone, Microsoft will release a beta version of Windows XP Mode, which allows users of Windows 7 Professional and above to launch many older Windows XP productivity applications directly from their Windows 7 desktop. The Windows XP Mode stand-alone feature is specifically designed to help small businesses that are using Windows XP applications move to Windows 7. For larger businesses, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) MED-V 2.0 builds on top of Windows Virtual PC and provides centralized management of Windows XP Mode. MED-V 2.0 will be available in beta within 90 days of general availability of Windows 7.
PressPass spoke with Scott Woodgate, director of Desktop Virtualization and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) at Microsoft, to find out how this new advancement is helping ensure a smooth transition for customers planning to migrate to Windows 7.
Read the entire interview on Windows 7 Professional and Windows XP Mode. Personally, I think the ‘XP Mode’ on Windows 7 is a great thing, unfortunately some people dont (and for some of the authors points I strongly disagree with). Whilst its not included in the ‘out-of-the-box functionality’ (phrase around the office these days) you will be able to download the bits – VirtualPC engine & a Windows XP SP3 Licensed copy if you have Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
The crudge of this is that, the virtualised version wont include the same security model as Windows 7, so you’ll have to have two anti-virus’s installed, but it will function much like Parallels and VMWare Fusion does on Mac.
Dont take peoples word for it, try it with the Windows 7 RC.