We plan to shift our development environment from Windows XP to Windows 7. From early impressions, Windows 7 appears to be what Vista should have been. Before we consider the difficulties of moving a development environment, we should make not of Windows 7 Premium's XP mode. XP mode enables Windows 7 to create a full XP environment capable of running XP based applications. XP mode mitigates compatibility concerns. From more information on Windows 7 visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7.