Windows 7 – Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Windows 7 seems poised to steal the crown from XP as the world’s top operating system as more and more companies and individuals are looking to make the switch. Overall, Windows 7 has been heavily adopted by consumers and small businesses and we are now seeing a wave of enterprises moving that direction. Microsoft is expecting a total of over 350 million Windows 7-based devices shipped this year. Companies face a huge task migrating all their PCs and users to a new OS; it can be daunting, but Nortec is here to support you all the way.

Windows 7 has many improvements over previous versions. It’s stable, smooth, and highly polished, introducing new graphical features, a new taskbar that can compete handily with the Mac OS X dock, and device management and security enhancements that make it both easier to use and safer. Importantly, it won’t require the hardware upgrades that Vista demanded, partially because the hardware has caught up, and partially because Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows 7 accessible to as many people as possible.

Some of the best reasons to switch to Windows 7 include: Lync is a versatile interface that allows their users to remain in contact by communicating through various features.

  • A better desktop. Windows 7 gets you around your PC faster than ever.
  • Smarter search. Type in the Start menu search box, and you’ll see results instantly, grouped by category—documents, pictures, music, e mail, and programs.
  • Built for speed. Windows 7 has key performance improvements to take up less memory and run background services only when you need them. It’s designed to run your programs faster and to sleep, resume, and reconnect to wireless networks quicker.
  • Better wireless networking. Connecting to wireless networks on your laptop—formerly a bit of a hassle—now takes just a couple of clicks.

As we mentioned, it’s a challenge to make the migration. All hardware and software must be tested for compatibility, and companies should work on strategies to deal with applications that might not be compatible with Windows 7. Users have to be trained, and organizations should also work on a strategy to educate their employees. In addition, the physical migration itself has to be run and completed within a certain amount of time, with built in back up plans for failed for deployments. With careful thought and planning, these challenges can be overcome.

Nortec is here to help you determine if making the switch is right for you, just contact us!