IE6 and IE7 on Windows 7 RTM, Virtualization Options Explored by Microsoft.
Customers relying heavily on legacy line-of-business (LOB) applications for daily operations can still upgrade to Windows 7, and leverage the platform’s default virtualization features to deal with incompatibility issues. One illustrative aspect in this regard are companies that don’t have the resources to upgrade from older Internet Explorer releases, or that are required by regulatory agencies to run IE9’s predecessors. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V
), Windows XP Mode
, and Terminal Services are three virtualization options designed to make sure that IE6 and IE7 can be run seamlessly in Windows 7, according to Microsoft. The Redmond company has made available for download a free whitepaper
titled ‘Solutions for Virtualizing Internet Explorer,’ detailing the solutions available to customers looking to upgrade to Windows 7, but needing to run IE6 or IE7.
"With Microsoft virtualization solutions such as MED-V and Windows XP Mode, you can continue to use Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 on a virtual machine. You can also use Terminal Services to virtualize Internet Explorer 6. With these options, you can continue running your applications that run only on Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 6 while continuing to enjoy the new features and technologies included in Internet Explorer 8, or you can use operating systems that come with Internet Explorer 8 as the default browser,” an excerpt from the whitepaper reads.