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Windows 7 RC date, Classic-like XP mode official

updated 10:50 am EDT, Sat April 25, 2009

Windows 7 RC May 5

Microsoft on Friday confirmed the readiness of both the Release Candidate for Windows 7 as well as a new approach the company is taking to support legacy Windows XP apps. The developer now says that its recently leaked Release Candidate will be available to MSDN and TechNet members on April 30th and that the public will get access on the promised May 5th date. The release is the last widely available test version before the final version and has changes to key elements like the taskbar, touchscreen control and other key features.

On top of the near-finished OS release, the company adds that Windows 7 will have a new, special emulation mode tailored to businesses and others that need an exact Windows XP environment for their apps. Similar to Classic in earlier versions of Mac OS X, the simply-titled XP Mode creates a complete virtual session (using Virtual PC) for XP apps that is nearly hidden for the user; software is installed in XP Mode but runs as though it were a native app, with only an XP-style title bar to indicate that the software is in emulation.

The feature won't replace regular backwards compatibility in Windows 7 and will be available as a free but separate download only for Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate users. Microsoft anticipates a beta release soon.

Both the RC and XP Mode releases are crucial for Microsoft, which suffered its first loss in decades through not just economic concerns but also a struggling Windows business. The company has encountered regular resistance to Windows Vista from businesses whose apps won't run within the current OS but is also under pressure to release Windows 7 in time for home users' holiday shopping. Dell and some other PC makers continue to offer XP as a choice for some of their home PCs as customers actively avoid Vista due to perceived problems; Microsoft has also been taking on a deliberate financial penalty on netbooks, selling $15 Windows XP copies to prevent Linux from getting a significant hold in the category.

The firm will also have to contend with the mid-to-late release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001

    +7

    MS tax

    This is my definition of the MS tax, crippling the basic versions of Windows 7 to prevent the use of older apps to make users pay to upgrade to the so-called Professional version.

  1. jarod

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +3

    Classic..ya!

    Trash within Trash...priceless!!

  1. JonathanBadeen

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008

    +8

    IE6?

    If I can run a copy of IE6 in this mode that would be absolutely killer for checking out websites (assuming all this would work in VMWare Fusion under OSX). As a developer it really sucks coming up with ways of keeping IE 6, 7, and now 8 around to test. Hopefully I can just stop worrying about IE6 but it has a little life left in it.

  1. ricardogf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003

    +1

    Another train wreck

    This is just another train wreck coming...a travesty of an OS, the "improved" c*** that MS wasn't able to release a couple of years ago...I am glad Testudo is doing his part and buying it to keep MS afloat, at least.

  1. Constable Odo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007

    +1

    Perceived problems...

    HAH!

    I'll continue to use Windows XP in either Parallels or VMWare Fusion. I'm still anxious to test this Windows 7 before I start calling it c***. It's fun to dump on Microsoft, but if Win7 is better all around than Windows XP and doesn't suck up a lot of resources (Win7 Starter), I got no problem with using it.
    My MacBook Pro runs both Mac and Windows and I don't see any reason not to continue using both. Until they stop building sites for Windows machines only, I'll use Windows when necessary.

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000

    +4

    Lipstick on a pig

    Still a crappy OS and will always be until the kernel is rewritten from scratch with security an integral part of the rewrite.

  1. Monde

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2004

    -1

    Yawn

    Windows had it's first recorded drop in profit while Apple gained. About time folks realized that a 12 year old operating system cannot match a modern one.

    Yeah, windows has a lot going for it, viruses, malware, spyware and worms.

    I know its a cheap OS, but eventually people are beginning to realize Apple's got big Redmond's mumber. Woopee!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +1

    A t*** by any other name

    It's still Vista. You can't polish a t***.

    I can't wait for the PR campaign to start. It will be the same old c*** that MS drags out every time they launch a new OS...runs apps faster, best security ever, yada...yada...yada

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +1

    A t*** by any other name

    It's still Vista. You can't polish a t***.

    I can't wait for the PR campaign to start. It will be the same old c*** that MS drags out every time they launch a new OS...runs apps faster, best security ever, yada...yada...yada

  1. DeezNutts

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    -1

    Awesome


    I was hoping for this back when vista was released.

    Hopefully it is a first step towards MS moving all backwards compat for future operating systems to a VM enviroment.

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