Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said that Enterprise customers who subscribed to any of a number of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing programs can access Windows 7 on Sept 1. The consumer version is going to be available on October 22nd. If you have applications built on Windows XP and the even older Windows 2000 platform, you will be able to run it on Windows 7. Additionally,as a Windows 7 Professional customers, you will be able to run virtual copy of Windows XP on virtual machine mode.
39% of the IT managers polled in a survey said the the compatibility with Windows XP is the biggest issue to the road map to Windows 7 upgrade. Besides 59.3% of the 1,100 IT managers in the survey expressed their unwillingness to upgrade from existing Windows XP to Windows 7. All of the customers who purchased desktop or laptop in the last couple of years will be able to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 without changing the configuration of hardware.
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