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Windows 7 for business

Sep 14th, 2009 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

Microsoft is hoping the buzz on Apple’s early release of its new Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, has sufficiently died down.  They are moving forward with their own marketing push for their desktop/laptop operating system Windows 7.  Windows 7, Microsoft’s follow-up to its much maligned Vista operating system, must make an impact within business and enterprises for Microsoft to maintain its stranglehold on the desktop computer market.  With many businesses opting to pass on Vista upgrades for their current and new PCs, the majority of business computers are still running an 8 year old operating system, Windows XP.  That means Microsoft lost a large amount of their anticipated revenue for several years.

Some good news on Windows 7 are the new features Microsoft piled in to the new OS.  One example is the Direct Access VPN connection to Windows Server 2008 R2 systems.  Instead of dedicating a VPN device to handle the encrypted tunnel, if IT admins implement IPv6 and IPsec (IP security) machines, such as remote offices and remote laptops, can connect directly as if there were inside the office on the company network.

Another point to note is the enhanced power management options for systems running Windows 7.  Microsoft and others are touting between $50+ – $107 energy savings per computer each year.  That justifies the upgrade cost of the license and install time for many tech managers.

There are also several more security enhancements included in Windows 7 such as BitLocker for USB thumb drive encryption, AppLocker to disable programs and DNSSec extensions which many security researchers agree is the next large scale vulnerability to computers and networkds.

With all the hype and bad press form Vista, it appears Microsoft may have overcome the past failings and developed a solid business computing platform.  The big question though is still, will large enterprises and small business adopt the new OS and drive the migration from XP to the new Windows 7?

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