Windows 7 has arrived at the time when the very concept of the desktop is being challenged by everything from virtual desktops and cloud options to netbooks and iPhones.
We shall look at the eight elements of Windows 7, that need to considered by enterprises while opting for Microsoft’s latest operating system.
1. Remote Users will Love Win 7
Most of the times, employees work outside the office. For this reason, new strategies are required in order to keep them supported, secure, and productive. This is done by two key features of Windows 7, BranchCache and DirectAccess, which are excellent starting points for the next generation of improved mobile access.
In order to provide secure connectivity back to the main network, DirectAccess leverages IPv6 and IPsec into the system, regardless of where users are connected. BranchCache is also used to helps users outside the offices to keep working as the network can be configured to cache Web pages and files on local servers for sites without local servers, making frequently accessed data and files served up quickly to end users.
However, both the features require Windows Server 2008 R2.
2. Infosec Teams will Like Win 7
Some major improvements have been made regarding the security front in Windows 7. Windows 7 is one of the first products to come through the full development life cycle. Moreover, more thought has been put into reducing the impact that intrusive security can have on the user experience. The concept of User Account Control has been retained successfully while reducing the number of pop-ups that usually frustrate Vista users.
3. It has Better Management
Although the Windows Server 2008 R2 is not required by BitLocker and AppLocker, they do need Advance Group Policy Management 4.0. More than 350 new control options, many of which boost desktop control, power management, and the ability to use different functions based on machine location have been added too.
4. It’s Netbook-Friendly
The future most probably belongs to the netbooks, smaller and less expensive than laptops, netbooks are perfect mobile devices for those on a budget. Most of the netbooks in organizations today run XP Pro and Linux. Win 7 works well on most netbooks, especially the pro version.
5. Desktop Virtualization’s Coming
Windows 7 runs on all the main virtualization platforms, including VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft. However, display limitations and peripheral incompatibilities still remain.
The Windows 7 client also allows you to opt for its own virtualization option, XP Mode, which lets you run XP as a virtual machine in Windows 7.
6. Windows 7 is SaaS-Friendly
Due to the increasing number of business applications moving online, Windows 7 offers an environment friendly to software as a service. It has been tightly integrated with Internet Explorer 8, in order to provide a stable platform for Web applications. If you want to use Firefox or Chrome, you’ll have to watch their releases closely. Both have documented issues with Windows 7.
7. The Hype is Your Friend
Making users excited about a new OS helps in the long run to aid successful adoption. However, we have to remember that testing is extremely important, despite what users want. The initial release plan includes three full quarters of auditing and testing before the initial rollout.
8. You have a Definitive Timeline
Windows 7 is out and being deployed. It is for you to decide now whether you welcome Win 7, curse the demise of XP, adopt Windows 7, move to Linux, or bring back the abacus. Windows 7 has addressed all of the issues that were missing in Vista in order to satisfy customers.