This is from the latest Springboard Series Insider: Volume 1, No. 8. Thought some of you who work in the IT field, and those who are just looking to play around (if you haven't already read this information) might find some of the information useful. There is an excellent guide for those who are looking to use XPM, "Running Windows XP Mode with Windows Virtual PC." This is a a PDF file. New Resources Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals Check out this easy-to-use spreadsheet containing software applications with Windows 7 compatibility information verified by the software publisher or by meeting the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements. For the latest collection of compatible applications and hardware devices, bookmark the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit Demo: Windows 7 Hardware Assessment This demo shows you how to use the MAP Toolkit to determine whether your existing PCs can be upgraded to Windows 7 based on hardware and device compatibility. Windows XP Mode Deployment Overview for IT Pros Explore the features and capabilities of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC for a small business environment, and watch a video demonstration on how to put this technology to work for you. Running Windows XP Mode with Windows Virtual PC: A How-to Guide Designed for small and midsize businesses, this guide will show you how easy it is to install and run many of your Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7 desktop. Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2 for Windows 7 MDOP can help you optimize your Windows 7 deployment and enhance manageability with virtualization and management solutions. Find out about the Top 7 IT Pro Pain Points Simplified with MDOP, and then get step-by-step guidance for deploying and taking advantage of MDOP technologies -- plus video demonstrations -- on the Springboard Series MDOP zone.