CyberTech Rambler

April 27, 2009

Spin, spin and spin … and one tiny bit of useful information

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 2:43 pm

Wanna see spin management in IT? See  Secret No More: Revealing Windows XP Mode for Windows 7. All those bold prints are interesting enough, if you are an idiot in virtualization land.

So what is it about? Running applications in a Windows XP virtual machine in a way that applications looks like an application running on your native desktop. Nothing new there. Parallels, VMWare all let you do that nowadays and I presume, Virtual PC as well.

Running XP in VirtualPC, even with Windows 7 is not newsworthy enough to be the main story.

However, getting Windows XP for free with certain versions of Windows 7 is. (Virtual PC is already free) That is because a lot of corporate IT users already plan to use this route to run legacy software, telling them they can do it for free save them money, and is newsworthy. Shame it was only given a brief mention in the article.

And why oh why this capability is only for business customers (based on it only available on certain versions of Windows 7)? Surely joe public who buys other editions deserves the same capability?

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