Enterprise Perspective

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-06-01 Print this article Print


At the same time, the enterprise finally has what it has been waiting for. Some companies still haven't upgraded to Windows Vista (or new hardware, for that matter) due to fear of losing Windows XP. So, they've been laboring with older computers hoping Windows 7 can change all that.

And it will.

Thanks to XP Mode, companies can start upgrading their networks with new technologies, knowing full well that once the computers are deployed companywide, all of the applications that are required in the daily operation of the business will work just fine.  At the same time, developers won't need to rush to update their software to work with Windows 7. They will know that it's compatible out of the box, giving them more time to focus on preparing their software for the future of the operating system.

For the first time in a while, the enterprise can focus on updating software without worry of the issues that would arise with mission critical applications once the conversion is complete. Windows XP Mode ensures that no matter when a software application was developed or which operating system it was designed for, it will work.

And isn't that really what companies want anyway? They just want their software to work. With the help of Windows XP Mode, that moment is finally upon us. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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