Microsoft announces Windows 7 RC1 dates and unveils add-on ‘XP mode’ compatibility

April 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The eagerly awaited Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 will be posted to members of Microsoft’s Developer Network and TechNet developer programs for download on Monday, April 30the.  RC1 will be made generally available on May 5, Microsoft said late Friday.

Build 7100 of Windows 7, the version presumed to be the release candidate, has been making the rounds on file-sharing services for the past day or so.

Microsoft confirmed the dates after the RC leaked to four torrent sites, forcing their hand.
The computer giant has been aiming to get the product done so that it can find its way onto PCs sold during this year’s holiday PC buying season.

Microsoft also  confirmed Friday it will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine.

Dubbed “Windows XP Mode,” the add-on creates an XP virtual environment running under Virtual PC technology that Microsoft acquired in 2003. This enablement is part of a strategy to convince businesses to migrate to Windows 7, and is the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility. “Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7,” Microsoft’s Scott Woodgate said in the blog. “Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.”

According to authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera who are also collaborating on a book, Windows 7 Secrets, due out this fall, the XP mode won’t come in the box with Windows 7, but will be made available as a free download for those who buy the professional, enterprise, or “ultimate” versions of Windows 7.

Via: CNet


3 Responses to “Microsoft announces Windows 7 RC1 dates and unveils add-on ‘XP mode’ compatibility”

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  2. Beautiful WALLPAPER THEMES on April 26th, 2009 12:28 pm

    Been doing this for a year on Debian with seamless-RDP to a windows 2003 machine at work. It worked so well that now more than twenty of our new employees are also using Debian with seamless-RDP to a couple of legacy apps that only run on windows (though one may be ported to GNU/Linux with DOSbox). I’m glad to see microsoft is beginning to catch up.

  3. Rank On Top, INC. on April 29th, 2009 12:59 am

    (Quote) I’m glad to see Microsoft is beginning to catch up.
    yup, catchup or die.
    We believe this is their only chance to claim any fame for the last 4 years.

    The funny thing is… We built them and They dont realize we can destroy them.

    Give your users what they want or watch them fade away..So cruel but true.

    just like technology.

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