Microsoft Windows XP Mode Released to Manufacturing
Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows XP Mode, which allows users of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions to run older applications in a virtualized Windows XP environment. The program is intended to assist small and midsize businesses that are migrating their IT infrastructure to Windows 7 and may have trouble using their older enterprise applications on the new operating system.Microsoft announced Oct. 1 that Windows XP Mode, which uses virtualization technology to allow users of certain versions of Windows 7 to run applications in a virtual Windows XP environment, has been released to manufacturing. "Thanks to everyone's feedback, we're happy to announce that Windows XP mode has RTM'd today," Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows communications manager, wrote on The Windows Blog. "We expect to make the final release of Windows XP Mode available via the Microsoft Download Center on Oct. 22." That date also marks the general release of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system.
Microsoft originally issued the Windows XP Mode Release Candidate on Aug. 4. The program seemed very deliberately designed to circumvent the backward-compatibility complaints that many users had about Windows Vista. Those compatibility issues were cited by certain businesses as a key reason for keeping XP as the primary operating system for their users, even as it forced them to maintain aging systems.