Windows 7 is going to virtualize XP so 7's pretty much completely compatible with XP.
Microsoft says there's a secret XP Mode (XPM) for its new rep-redeeming operating system that hasn't been part of any beta code or even disclosed before that's "specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7.
It says it will run "many older productivity applications," probably the programs that Vista had trouble with as well as legacy 32-bit programs. Windows 7 is after all Vista fixed up.
Microsoft code honcho and director of Windows enterprise and virtualization strategy Scott Woodgate explained on a Windows Team Blog late last Friday that these apps can be installed directly in the Windows XP Mode, which he described as a "virtual PC environment running under Windows Virtual PC."
"The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7," he said, meaning that they run alongside Windows 7 applications under a single desktop.
It appears to mean that it's Microsoft's way of starting with a clean piece of paper, something Microsoft was toying with back when Cairo was a gleam in Bill Gates' eye.
Woodgate said Microsoft will be releasing the beta of XP Mode and Virtual PC for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate "soon."
Microsoft acquired Virtual PC when it bought Connectix in 2003. It was meant to run multiple DOS, Windows or OS/2 operating systems simultaneously on the same machine.
The XPM revelation came after Microsoft gave the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) to some key testers. Since they couldn't keep it to themselves, Microsoft had to confirm that it means to release the RC to its teacher's pet MSDN and TechNet subscribers on Thursday April 30 followed by general release on Tuesday May 5.
Of course there are bootleg copies of the RC (Build 7100) already out and about in the wild.
The RC is supposed to be the last step before Microsoft packs the thing up and sends it to market.
Microsoft may try to catch the back-to-school wave; it needs the money; Windows sales were off 16% in the March quarter. Worse case it will shoot for Christmas sales although officially the final code is only due by early 2010.
Bloggers Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera, claiming special Microsoft-imparted knowledge, said XPM is next-generation host-based Virtual PC widgetry that needs the processor-based virtualization support of Intel and AMD.
Thurrott and Rivera say they expect this to be the end of the line for Virtual PC and that future client versions of Windows will include a Hyper-V-based hypervisor.
They also say that XPM will work with a licensed copy of XP SP 3 and will be free to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate via download, in other words separate from 7.
Thurrott and Rivera are writing a book called Windows 7 Secrets due in the fall.
About Maureen O'Gara Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how...
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, he has built success with Fortune 500 corp...
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operationa...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need t...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO" has announced that its Call for Papers is now open. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to in...
Your registrations includes: Golden Pass Delegates will receive full conference access on March 18-20, 2008 including: Lunch and Coffee Breaks, Collectible Bag and Archives of all sessions on DVD. Includes access to all Conference Sessions including the Technical Sessions, Exhibits, Keynotes, Vendor Technology Presentations, and Power Panels.
AJAXWorld offers the undisputed best platform to position your company as a leading vendor in the fast-emerging marketplace for AJAX and Enterprise Web 2.0.
Who Should Attend?
• CTOs & VPs of Engineering
• Directors of Technology
• Sr. User Interface Architects
• Front-End Engineers
• VCs & Industry Analysts
• Directors of Business Development
• Software Engineers
• Senior Architects
• Application Programmers & Software Developers
• Project Managers
• Web Programmers & Designers
• Companies & Organizations that need to stay in front of the latest Web technology
AJAXWorld Security Bootcamp
On March 18, 2008, AJAXWorld University's "AJAX Security Bootcamp" will be an intensive, one-day hands-on training program that will teach Web developers and designers how to build high-quality AJAX applications from beginning to end.
Held the day before the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo begins, the Bootcamp is intended to be the premier AJAX Security instructional program presently available anywhere.
View the full one-day schedule