Following the beta launch back in April, Microsoft has now announced the release of the Windows XP Mode Release Candidate.

Microsoft says Windows XP Mode is designed for small and medium-sized businesses "to help ease the migration process to Windows 7 by providing additional compatibility for their older productivity applications".

The newly updated Windows XP Mode now works with the RC and RTM versions of the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise SKUs.

Information on the new features in Windows XP Mode RC and links to the download, which includes a new user tutorial, can be found on the Windows blog.