Windows XP Mode Release Candidate is publically available today at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Since the beta release of Windows XP Mode, several updates have been made responding to user feedback. These changes reflect Microsoft’s goal to increase ease of use for users, increase flexibility for the IT pro, and ensure Windows 7 retains high level of security when using Windows XP Mode. The following features are new:
Small and Medium Businesses Information:
As part of our broader virtualization strategy, we’re focused on providing the right tools to help customers maximize productivity, manage their technology infrastructure and total cost of ownership.
Microsoft is committed to providing a smooth transition as its customers move to Windows 7. Microsoft knows many of its SMB customers will be moving from XP and will require the flexibility to run older applications.
Windows XP Mode allows Windows 7 Pro users to run many Windows XP productivity applications.
Ease of use: Microsoft recognizes time is precious for its small-business customers and have made Windows XP Mode easy to use. Utilizing Windows Virtual PC, Windows XP applications can be launched with a single click directly from the Windows 7 desktop.
Business continuity: In addition to enabling customers to run Windows XP applications virtually on their Windows 7-based PC, Windows XP Mode also supports many Windows XP devices, for instance, those connected via USB.
Cost management: VPC7 extends the life of existing Windows XP applications and devices and reduces the learning curve by using many familiar applications and devices.
The Windows XP Mode feature is specifically designed to help small businesses still using older XP applications move to Windows 7 with no interruption to productivity.
IT Pros/ Enterprise Specifics:
IT professionals can reduce the cost of deploying and managing virtual Windows environments by using Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. This allows IT professionals to:
o Deploy: deliver virtual Windows images and allow users to customize them.
o Provision: define which applications and websites are available to end users
o Control: authenticate users, assign and expire permissions, and restrict Virtual PC settings.
o Maintain and Support: update images, centrally monitor users and remotely troubleshoot.