Saturday morning, I woke up to check my e-mail and all the latest tech info, only to notice that the “surprise” feature that Microsoft was waiting to announce was the ability to run Windows XP and applications compatible with Windows XP in a “Virtual” Environment on Windows 7.  I found this interesting, because I had previously seen a feature, for which i’m a beta tester, that offered the same type of functionality, but for enterprise users.  The application in question, is called MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization).  The main difference that I know if is that MED-V has a server component that manages the virtual machines on the network and Windows XP Mode is aimed at being per-machine installations.

The purpose: To remove the worry about compatibility with legacy applications and get people to move to Windows 7!!

Note: “Windows XP Mode” will be available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate

Here are some of the links that explain it better.

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/business/archive/2009/04/24/coming-soon-windows-xp-mode-and-windows-virtual-pc.aspx

http://www.withinwindows.com/2009/04/25/windows-xp-mode-internals-part-1-overview/



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