Microsoft Windows 7 Support During an address at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the beta release of the Windows 7 operating system. The next incarnation of Windows was offered temporarily for testing at select Microsoft sites. During the CES talk, CEO Balmer showed new features and key enhancements incorporated into the new OS and driven by market feedback. Areas addressed by Windows 7, stated Balmer, include performance, security, dependability, compatibility, battery life, and ease of use. In each of these categories, Windows 7 delivers significant improvement.

Windows 7 features faster startup, power off, and resumption from standby; easier LAN configuration and resource sharing; consolidated peripherals administration; plus multiple finger multitouch support. To see Microsoft's news release, visit Microsoft's CEO Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta

How Progent's Consulting Professionals Can Help Your Business to Assess Windows 7
Progent's Microsoft certified consultants can assist you to pilot the beta edition of Microsoft Windows 7 to verify application compatibility and to determine its speed and reliability working with your applications. Progent can also help you evaluate the likely business value of moving to Microsoft Windows 7. In case Microsoft Windows 7 fits your business, Progent can help you to plan and execute a non-disruptive upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 from a an older release of Windows.

Progent's IT professionals can provide a range of other affordable support options to improve the productivity, dependability, security, speed, and manageability of information networks that include desktops powered by Windows 7:

PC Desktop Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified desktop support experts offer a wide array of cost-effective support services to assist your company to deploy, integrate, repair, and administer workstations and laptops based on Windows. Progent can provide onsite or remote help for single computers or laptops or work with your business to design and carry out a company-wide rollout of Windows 7. Progent can also configure Office or Microsoft Dynamics business applications on your client PCs so they communicate efficiently with all Microsoft applications, software from third-party publishers, business servers, and line-of-business solutions network-wide. Progent can also supply engineers and technicians to assist your company to prepare for and complete a site relocation or merger designed to produce minimal disruption of your productivity.

Virtual Instruction for Desktop Programs
Progent offers online virtual instruction for popular desktop programs and environments such as Office Excel, Word, Publisher, Project, Adobe Acrobat Writer, Photoshop CS, Crystal Reports, and Windows Vista and Windows 7. Live online training provides the advantages of traditional in-person sessions, including instant communication between students and trainers, but eliminates the costs of transportation and the challenge of attempting to accommodate the schedules of many trainees. Offered to individuals or classes of any size, live online training allows the teacher to run the class from a remote office and the clients can be spread across a campus or all over the the U.S. Virtual education deploys proven teaching aids like broadcast white boards, electronic hand-raising, and collaborative desktops. Sessions can be brief and targeted for specific topics or extended in duration and wider in scope. Instructors and students can go through examples individually or as a class.

64-bit Transitioning Help for Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Servers
Windows 7 is available in a 64-bit edition that sets a new standard for desktop reliability and capacity. Unfortunately, for most organizations the migration to 64-bit computing is problematic because of the need to perform a new installation on every desktop. This entails reconfiguring programs, backing up and restoring data files, and installing 64-bit device drivers. Although businesses usually already have 64-bit PCs, the work required to take full advantage of these resources appears excessively difficult. Yet because Windows 7 usually requires a from-scratch install, this can be a great time to move up to 64-bit technology, which is possible with little or no more effort. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers have in-depth experience planning and implementing major, minimally disruptive OS upgrades of in-place workstations and can help your business leverage your IT budget by executing the transition to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing simultaneously.

Change and Update Management Automation
Progent's network management professionals can help you set up a computer network based around Windows 7 PCs that is easy to manage. Progent's consultants have in-depth experience providing small and midsize companies Systems Management Server 2003 consulting to streamline network administration's workload, increase network protection, improve productivity by ensuring that all patches and updates are current, enforce licensing adherence, and monitor characteristics of application use to allow smarter purchasing strategy. In addition, Progent can assist you to carry out a non-disruptive migration to System Center Configuration Manager from Systems Management Server for more comprehensive administration automation and can assist your business to move to Windows Server 2008.

Security Inventory and Evaluation Packages
Progent's certified security engineers can provide a variety of budget-friendly small business network security inventory service bundles and enterprise network security evaluation packages designed to offer organizations of all sizes a chance to receive an independent opinion about the effectiveness of their protection profile. The packages vary from a low-cost external security scan and evaluation option for small and midsize companies up to a high-level package for enterprises who have to comply with security levels required by government agencies or by vendors. For every security assessment package, consultants with top security accreditations analyze and report on scanned data and provide recommendations for effective remediation.

High-availability Network Design
Progentís consulting experts can assist you to configure a fault-tolerant network infrastructure that offers features that can include Microsoft Windows Hyper-V failover clustering, auto-failover Internet access, system load balancing, and dispersed collocation sites. Progent provides the services of Microsoft and Cisco-qualified network engineers who can help you utilize virtualization to enhance fault tolerance. Progent can also show you how to define a comprehensive business continuity plan that includes scheduled disaster response evaluations and drills.

Help Desk Outsourcing and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's remote Help Desk support staff of authorized IT professionals offers your customers easy access to a dependable technical group with extensive experience delivering telephone support and online repair for IT systems based on Microsoft and Cisco products. Progent's concentration is on giving the Call Center a positive image as a solid contributor to business performance. Progent's target is to fix and not merely record problems. Progent can deliver full Helpdesk outsourcing or transparently supplement your existing Call Center. Progent can in addition assist your company to identify and deploy the most advanced technology for creating or improving your internal Help Desk.

To find out additional information about Progent's consulting expertise for Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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