Windows 7: The Gateway to Windows 8

It has now been nearly two years since Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 7. Since the release, Windows 7 quickly became the fastest selling and strongest start to an Operating System in history with more than 7 copies sold per second and outpacing the sales of Windows XP 3 to 1. This is a huge accomplishment for Microsoft, especially coming off of a not-so-well adopted Windows Vista. With Windows XP being more than a decade old, it is imperative for organizations to start upgrading their PCs to meet the needs of the modern consumer and a modern workforce. 

A few weeks ago at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Group, Tami Reller, said “the best way to get to the future is to embrace the present.” Now is the time to start the migration to Windows 7 so your organization is ready once Windows 8 is released in late 2012. In the past, when a new OS was introduced, the machine requirements seemed to sky rocket which created additional costs that many companies did not budget for. Those days are over. Microsoft is priding themselves with keeping system requirements flat or reducing them ensuring your hardware investment will be able to take advantage of Windows 8 in the future. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines and has added intelligence to make the most of the hardware by adapting the user experience based on the hardware of the user.

 

 Unlike previous operating systems, Windows 8 is being built from the ground up to be excellent on touch, i.e. tablets or phones, but also provide the same user experience with a keyboard and mouse.  If you have a Windows 7 phone or have used one before, you will notice that the “live tiles” have made their way to the desktop. They’re customizable, scalable, and much faster way to start an application or just check out today’s weather. Switching between applications has become much smoother than ever before and without delay. Those who are familiar with Windows 7’s snap feature will love the evolution of Windows 8’s new abilities. Now you can resize the snapped application or running program to meet your needs.

 

Windows 7 has proven itself over the past 20 months and has a guaranteed positive ROI.  Take a step back and evaluate your current operating system, but also where you want your organization to be in the next few years. Don’t let the future release of Windows 8 postpone you from upgrading now.

About Matt Zito

Matt is a Microsoft Licensing Specialist at Softchoice