Renée James, Intel’s software chief, mentioned at Intel’s Investor Meeting 2011 at company headquarters in Santa Clara that Windows 8 traditional would ship with a Windows 7 mode. Traditional in this regard refers to the desktop version of the Windows 8 operating system.
Users who are currently running Windows 7 will be reminded of Windows XP mode and wonder if it will be anything like that mode. The chance is that it will use the same virtualization technology to offer access to Windows 7 in a virtual machine.
This raises the question why such a mode is included in Windows 8. If you look at Windows 7 and its Windows XP mode, you could say that it was added to give customers and companies options to run pre-Vista software on Windows 7.
Windows 7 Mode in Windows 8 on the other hand does not seem to make lots of sense on first glance, considering that the two operating systems will be closely related to each other.
There are two explanations for this. First, Microsoft might introduce a feature in Windows 8 that breaks compatibility somewhat, so that some applications may no longer run on Windows 8. Windows 7 mode would then be used by users and companies to get those applications running on Windows 8.
The second option is purely marketing, that everyone can go ahead and buy Windows 8 without waiting for the first SP1 to arrive or to test application compatibility extensively. Why? Because you can run all your apps in Windows 7 mode on the system right away. If you have tested them under Windows 7, you can run them in Windows 8 as well thanks to the virtual mode.
What’s your take on the Windows 7 Mode? (via)