Well, it took a long ass time but Windows users can finally do what Linux and Mac nerds have been able to do… for about as long as I can remember: mount ISO images without third-party tools.
ISO images are commonly used when downloading programs that you would typically install via CD or DVD. For example, after recently installing Windows 8, I downloaded the Office 2010 ISO image from Microsoft. Normally I’d have to do one of two things to this file before I could actually use it to install Office on Windows 7 and any earlier versions:
- Use a third-party tool to mount the ISO image, which then makes all the files it contains available for use.
- Burn the ISO image to a DVD and install it like it’s 1995.
Since downloading the correct third-party tools is a hassle, and since 1995 was 17 years ago, you can imagine how happy I was to see this when I right clicked on the ISO image file:
As you can see, after clicking Mount Windows assigned the next available drive letter (in my case, E:) and switched to the file browser. All that was left to do was double-click setup and install Office.
I like it.