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Windows 7 app compatibility issues may effect enterprise adoption

eWEEK Labs’ early tests of Windows 7 RC 1 (download) show that the operating system installs and runs quickly and efficiently; is highly polished for this stage of development; already supports a wide array of hardware; and is obviously rich with security, connectivity and usability features when compared with either Windows Vista or XP. However, Microsoft’s method for dealing with application compatibility–Windows XP Mode for Windows 7, or XPM–leaves something to be desired. The issues of application compatibility and licensing still not addressed in a manner companies can test, and with Windows 7’s deep ties to the forthcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 to consider  (not to mention the moribund economy), potential implementers may find it difficult to find the value in the new OS, despite its obvious improvements.

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