Posted by: Jay Dugan
Microsoft, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 7 (RC), Windows Virtual PC utility, Windows XP Pro, XP mode
Ok, I admit that I have been hanging onto Windows XP Pro like grim death. I tweaked, patched and massaged it over the years to the point that it was as comfortable as a pair of old shoes. My grip tightened as it was clear from the onset that Vista was not an option. However, the end is near and my hold is loosening as I learn more about XP’s replacement, Windows 7.
Windows 7 carries over some of the flashy features of Vista that most business users do not really care about but apparently, Microsoft has done this without the Vista bloat. I can live with that. One new feature that should be of interest to business users is XP mode in Windows 7. With this feature, you can install and run Windows XP applications in Windows 7 with the new Windows Virtual PC utility.
There are some hardware requirements and I will be checking out this feature and reporting on it in future posts. Additionally, I hope to learn about the ease of installation, hardware compatibility and security issues as I work with Windows 7 RC. Let me know if you have downloaded Windows 7 RC and what your take on it is.