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Microsoft Offers Virtual Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

Final version will be available in October

Microsoft Offers Virtual Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft has released code for running Windows XP applications virtually on its new Window 7 operating system platform.

The virtual Windows XP Mode will be made available as a release candidate for testing and then see official issue with the launch of Windows 7 on Oct. 22, The Register reports.

Microsoft says changes to Windows XP Mode are designed to improve integration with Windows 7 for greater interface functionality.

Additionally, Microsoft told The Register the XP Mode will be able to be managed through the next version of the computer firm's Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) system. This means systems administrators will be able to establish their own use settings over those of the end user and also patch and update machines. A beta version of MED-V will be available some 90 days before the general public release.

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Microsoft's Scott Woodgate, director of desktop virtualization and the desktop optimization pack, said the XP Mode has been designed for small and mid-market customers and businesses, and could be run on between one and 25 PCs. Many IT departments in small and large companies have already said they'll take a cautious approach to Windows 7 after skipping Vista and continuing to use Windows XP.






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