Vista is because there are a raft of compatibility issues with a lot of legacy software becoming incompatible. XP Mode on the enterprise editions of Windows 7 blows away all those arguments about legacy compatibility. It's now a non-issue and businesses will now be more confident in leaving XP behind.
This was exactly
what I thought when I read the article in the news the other day. I know from the industry I'm in (medical transcription), that transcription services have a platform built for them for transcriptionists to work on, and when Vista came along, some
companies upgraded their platform to be Vista compatible, but others didn't (trying to stay competitive by not spending money on nonprofitable expenses). By including XP mode, they've just opening up the Win7 market for transcriptionists who work for companies with XP-only platforms.
No, it shows they got YOU.
Well see, I don't really have a choice now, do I? If I want to work, i.e., if I want to have an income, eat, have a roof over my head, etc., in the business I'm in, I'm going to have to be a Microsoft borg. None of the platforms of the companies that I know of run off of Apple, Linux, or any of the other alternative OS's out there. I sure would love to get out of this business, it sure doesn't pay what it used to now that automatic speech recognition has come along, but I've got debts, expenses, a family that depends on me to provide for the next year at least until they become independent, and not enough lifespan to make the expensive of going back to college for vocational retraining in a separate field pay off. Yup...they got me all right. Sure beats sleeping on a park bench, though.