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Microsoft Rolls Out XP Mode For Windows 7

Microsoft has released the Windows XP mode, an add-on to the Windows 7 system which is designed to facilitate the functioning of legacy applications designed for Microsoft's now-antiquated but still popular operating system.

The Windows XP mode is specifically targeted at small and medium businesses that may be running custom made applications which were originally designed for Windows XP systems and may not function properly under Windows 7.

Microsoft however maintains that most applications that run XP will flawlessly execute on Windows 7 based system and the Windows XP mode will just serve as an added safety net. The firm is just not taking any risks to avoid the still painful Vista fiasco.

The release of Windows XP mode to manufacturers can be seen as an acknowledgement from Microsoft of the fact that many users have simply avoided shifting to Windows Vista and are looking to directly migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Explaining the rationale behind the move, from Microsoft in a blog post said that “Windows XP Mode is designed to provide small business and mid-sized businesses running Windows 7 Professional (or higher) the ability to run Windows XP productivity applications that may not be natively compatible with Windows 7.”

Our Comments

The Windows XP mode will come as free add-on to customers of Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate but for obvious reasons, not for Windows 7 Home Premium. It will be interesting to see whether this Windows XP Mode encourages hesitant SMBs to buy Windows 7.

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