Windows 7 Release Candidate Coming on May 5th with Windows XP Mode

Submitted by lalit on April 25, 2009 - 5:51pm.

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 7 Release Candidate is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The company plans for a broader public release starting May 5th. Microsoft said, after beta release of Windows 7 in January, the company has been receiving and analyzing large number of feedbacks provided by beta testers. Based on those feedbacks Microsoft has made various bug fixes and improvement to overall user experience in Windows 7 Release Candidate.

In other Windows 7 related news, Microsoft will be soon releasing beta version of Windows XP Mode that is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode is similar to the Classic environment that Apple used when they moved from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X in 2001. Windows XP mode will allow users to run older applications designed for XP on a Windows 7 based PC. The Windows XP Mode is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC, where you can install suitable applications directly. The applications will be published to Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7. The Windows XP Mode will be only available for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.