Should your business fear Windows 7?

The reality is Windows 7 is the business user and consumer’s only option moving forward with new computer and hardware purchases. With the resistance shown against Windows Vista and the backing of Windows 7 by major manufacturers such as HP & Dell, you will not have the option to purchase Windows XP much longer. All operating systems, including XP, will go end of life eventually.

As a Michigan IT consulting coach to businesses, my advice is very simple. No one likes change, especially when it comes to IT in the business world. Your business will have to eventually upgrade – so do it on your terms. Do not be forced into it out of lack of support from a vendor or manufacturer. Integrating Windows 7 is much better received and a eaiser process when planned out and not forced on a business because a computer has crashed and “we can’t get XP from Dell anymore!”

The benefits of Windows 7 include IT admin tools such as security layers allowed on a active directory network and other built-in features specificially for users. Windows 7 is considered a more secure operating system than its predecessors just by the nature of it being the latest version and ultimately it being the forefront of Microsoft’s image to the consumer. Microsoft has always carried the negative reputation of being the “least secure” of your choices, but Windows 7 has proven to be stable, smooth running and an overall pleasant experience.

Some of the new features, such as DirectAccess and XP mode integration have a few prerequisites that require more of an updated networking environment or computers in order to function. DirectAccess provides remote employees a secure way to connect to a Windows Server (2008) without the use of separate connection software or VPN. It’s an easier way to provide remote access, but has limits as it has to run with the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 platforms. Especially helpful is the XP mode integration which is useful for legacy applications or software that has issues running within Windows 7. Using Virtual PC as an engine, it allows users to install applications on the computer that run on top of a Virtual XP machine. This requires a computer that supports virtualization in its hardware BIOS (which not all systems do).

The beauty of Windows 7 is it doesn’t need a killer app. Microsoft is known for its proliferation of the most widely used computer operating system and leaves the killer apps to its partners or even competitors. Since it has such a large market share it doesn’t need a killer app to be adopted.  Discuss Windows 7 migration with a certified computer services firm today.

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