There are some features commonly found on MS-Windows-based editors
that some people find desirable to have. For example, the action of
the shift-arrow keys and the control-tab combination in
MS-Windows-based editors is rather convenient. Also, the behavior of
the cursor when scrolling in an MS-Windows-based editor is quite
intuitive. PC Mode emulates some of these features in GNU Emacs.
PC mode is not the only package that emulates aspects of
MS-Windows-based editors in GNU Emacs. There are other packages out
there that do similar things. Most notably, there is
Using PC mode also makes it easy for users of Microsoft products such as Microsoft Visual Studio to switch to GNU Emacs. With PC mode turned on, every Microsoft user can start using GNU Emacs without having to study any documentation.
PC mode comes with Emacs Lisp source code, byte-compiled code, and the documentation in HTML format.
Version Information: I am using PC Mode with GNU Emacs 22. If you are running a more
recent version of GNU Emacs, you're on your own. Since backward compatibility is not a
feature of GNU Emacs, PC Mode may or may not work. If you are running GNU Emacs Version 21, you
will have to install an earlier version of PC Mode. This earlier version can be found in
a subdirectory named