windows 7In quite possibly one of the biggest “mea culpas’ in the history of Microsoft, Windows 7 will be able to run Windows XP software.

One of the biggest original complaints about Windows Vista was its inability to run a lot of business applications. This was a problem that persisted, and kept many small businesses from wanting to make the switch as it would mean all new software, some of it being expensive custom designed jobs.  Now in an announcement on the Windows Blog, we come to find out this issue is getting addressed in Windows 7 in the hopes that small businesses will finally come back to the fold.

All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC. The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.

Now, virtual operating system environments habe known to be unstable, and seeing as how no one outside of Microsoft hasn’t seen this yet, no one knows if this will be the case with the Windows 7 environment.  It is also only going to be a feature in Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, meaning the higer priced versions of the program.

Sure, this isn’t a perfect solution, but it is sure a lot better than what we had under Vista, which was nothing.  This new feature should appear in the upcoming release candidate due next week, so reports are sure to be coming in fast and furious on how well it actually works.

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