At least one reseller believes the hype and excitement around Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 7 operating system is warranted, and has no hesitation in recommending the new operating system to its clients.
“That’s because we’ve never been more confident in recommending that our clients proceed with rolling the new operating system out as soon as they can," says Louis Botha, chief technical officer at Think iT Solutions.
Botha says the differences are clearly visible to anyone that has tested it or gotten an opportunity to experience the improvements it brings from a performance, stability and improved user experience perspective. The Windows 7 operating system has the features of Vista and the performance of XP.
“That’s why, despite the ‘newness’ of the operating system, we’re viewing Windows 7 as a safer choice for consumers and the enterprise alike, than Windows Vista,” he says.
Botha says that it is no secret that Vista experienced poor uptake. “But with Windows 7, it seems as if Microsoft has snatched the situation of the proverbial lion’s mouth at the last minute. Windows 7 is the operating system Microsoft actually touted as the next iteration of Windows XP.”
Botha says the reasons to upgrade to Windows 7 are many and varied. For this reason the company has compiled a list of simple to understand benefits, which it has circulated to its clients.
The list comprises things like:
* Windows 7’s sleeker, more intuitive interface makes for an improved desktop navigation experience, which in turn allows users to get things done more quickly and easily than before;
* The improved desktop search features within Windows 7 allow for users to find and launch applications more quickly than ever before, and located information buried deep within a document with ease and speed;
* The inclusion of Internet Explorer 8 makes the Windows 7 web experience faster, easier and safer;
* Sharing information in the home has never been easier, with Windows 7’s support for ‘Home Groups’ allowing even novices to make use of shared resources such as printers, storage and an Internet connection;
* Using ‘Domain Join’ enterprise networking has also been simplified;
* Windows 7 is strongly focused on backwards-compatibility and as such, features an XP-mode (a virtual XP installation within Windows 7) that ensures close to 100% compatibility with legacy applications;
* Microsoft’s BitLocker data encryption tool (bundled with certain Windows 7 editions) has been evolved and now gives the ability to encrypt mobile devices such as Flash memory sticks;
* New Windows 7 features, such as JumpLists give users access to their favourite pictures, songs, websites and documents in a snap, while ‘Snap’ – another new Windows 7 interface feature – allows users to quickly maximise, minimize and intuitively arrange Windows to maximize the efficiency of their desktop real estate;
* Windows 7’s Task bar now features thumbnail previews, easier to see icons and more ways to customize behaviour to the user’s exact requirements; and
* Touch is back with Windows 7 and it’s massively improved. New features allow users to easily ‘pair’ a Windows 7 installation and do away with a clunky keyboard and mouse.
“We’re convinced that this list will not only give customers insight into how powerful Windows 7 in fact is, and how much of a contrast it is to Windows Vista, but provide them with a set of talking points the business can use in vetting the new platform," says Botha.
"Already, customers have begun engaging with us around many of these points and how they can derive additional value from going with Windows 7 – for the first time in a long time there’s momentum we as an industry can tap into.
“And that bodes well for the market’s recovery,” he adds.