Windows 8 will let you run a virtual instance of Windows 7, thanks to hypervisor

During Microsoft’s TechEd 2012 keynote, Microsoft demonstrated how Windows 8’s built-in hypervisor will allow developers to run an virtual instance of Windows 7 to test software on old and new versions of the popular Microsoft operating system.

This was Microsoft’s attempt to show how Windows 8 is the company’s most flexible version of Windows to date. “I find this exceedingly convenient. IT pros can check out how things work in different versions. You can now feel free in an enterprise to mix and match new Windows 8 tablets and PCs with older systems,” Linda Averett stated during the keynote, who heads up program management for Microsoft’s developer experience team. The best part is that Windows 8 and Windows 7 could be split on the display screen so that the same app running on Windows 8 can be shown side-by-side with Windows 7. Microsoft has high hopes for Windows 8 and there has yet to be official word on a release date but many are expecting it later this year.

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