Windows 7 Evaluation During an address at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced the beta release of the Windows 7 operating system. The new version of Windows was made available for a limited time for testing at several sites. In the course of the presentation, Balmer showed new capabilities and important improvements incorporated into the new OS and driven by market feedback. Aspects addressed by Windows 7, stated Balmer, cover performance, protection, dependability, compatibility, extended battery life, and intuitive operation. In each of these categories, Windows 7 delivers significant advantages.

Microsoft Windows 7 features quicker initialization, shut down, and resumption from sleep mode; easier LAN configuration and resource access; consolidated device administration; as well as multiple finger multitouch support. To read Microsoft's press release, visit Microsoft's Steve Balmer Previews Windows 7 Beta

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Help Your Company to Plan for Windows 7
Progent's Microsoft certified consultants can assist your company to test the beta edition of Windows 7 to confirm application compatibility and to check its speed and reliability running with your applications. Progent can also help you evaluate the likely business benefits of moving to Windows 7. In case Microsoft Windows 7 fits your business strategy, Progent can assist you to plan and execute a smooth upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 from a your current release of Windows.

Progent's IT professionals can provide a variety of other low-cost services to improve the productivity, reliability, protection, performance, and maintainability of IT systems that incorporate workstations powered by Windows 7:

Desktop Support Services
Progent's Microsoft Gold certified desktop support experts can deliver a wide range of affordable services to help you to deploy, integrate, troubleshoot, and manage workstations and notebooks powered by Windows. Progent can provide onsite or online assistance for individual computers or notebooks or work with you to design and implement a company-wide rollout of Windows 7. Progent can also configure Office or Microsoft Dynamics business applications on your client PCs so they communicate productively with other Microsoft applications, software from popular publishers, SQL databases, and line-of-business services throughout your network. Progent can also provide engineers and technical workers to assist you to prepare for and complete an office relocation or consolidation organized to produce minimal interruption to your productivity.

Live Virtual Learning for Workstation Applications
Progent provides online virtual learning for popular desktop applications and environments including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Acrobat Writer, Adobe Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. Virtual training provides the benefits of traditional in-person sessions, including immediate interaction between students and teachers, but eliminates the costs of transportation and the challenge of trying to accommodate the availability of multiple students. Offered to single students or classes of all sizes, live online instruction permits the teacher to run the class from a remote facility and the clients can be dispersed throughout an office or all over the country. Virtual instruction supports powerful learning mechanisms like virtual white boards, real-time questions, and collaborative desktops. Sessions can be short and personalized for specific subjects or extended in duration and wider in scope. Teachers and students can go through examples individually or as a class.

64-bit Transitioning Support for Windows 7 and Windows Servers
Microsoft Windows 7 is offered in a 64-bit version that represents a new standard for workstation reliability and performance. Unfortunately, for the majority of organizations the migration to 64-bit computing is challenging because of the requirement to make a clean setup on each desktop. This requires re-installing programs, saving and restoring data files, and installing new device drivers. Though businesses typically are already using 64-bit hardware, the work required to benefit fully from these resources often seems too difficult. Yet because Microsoft Windows 7 usually requires a from-scratch installation, this can be a good opportunity to move up to 64-bit technology, which takes little additional work. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants have extensive experience planning and performing major, minimally disruptive operating system migrations of existing workstations and can help your business leverage your IT dollars by executing the upgrade to Windows 7 and to 64-bit technology at the same time.

Update Automation
Progent's IT management experts can show you how to set up an information network based on Windows 7 PCs that is simple to administer. Progent's engineers have extensive backgrounds delivering small and midsize businesses Systems Management Server expertise to streamline network administration's workload, improve system security, boost efficiency by ensuring that all patches and updates are installed, police software licensing adherence, and track patterns of software usage to enable smarter purchasing plan. In addition, Progent can help you to carry out a non-disruptive migration to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager from Microsoft SMS Server for more complete management automation and can assist you to upgrade to Windows Server 2008.

Security Inventory and Evaluation Packages
Progent's certified security engineers can deliver a selection of budget-friendly small business network security inventory service packages and security assessment packages created to give businesses of all sizes a chance to get a professional opinion about the strength of their security environment. These packages vary from a low-cost external security scan and assessment package for small companies up to a high-level solution for corporations who need to meet security standards demanded by government regulators or by customers. For every security inventory or evaluation bundle, consultants with high-level security credentials evaluate and report on collected information and make recommendations for effective improvements.

High-availability System Infrastructure
Progentís consulting experts can help you to implement a fault-tolerant system infrastructure that offers features that can include Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V failover clustering, redundant Internet access, network load balancing, and dispersed data centers. Progent provides the services of Microsoft and Cisco-certified consulting professionals who can show you how to utilize virtualization to improve fault tolerance. Progent can also help you develop a complete business continuity strategy that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing.

Call Center Outsourcing and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's online Help Desk support team of authorized technical experts offers your clients easy access to a dependable support group with years of experience delivering telephone support and remote access repair for IT systems powered by Microsoft and Cisco products. Progent's concentration is on giving the Help Desk a respected reputation as a solid contributor to company performance. Progent's target is to resolve and not merely report problems. Progent can deliver comprehensive Help Desk support or seamlessly reinforce your current Helpdesk. Progent can also assist your company to identify and deploy the most advanced technology for building or improving your in-house Call Center.

For additional details concerning Progent's consulting and support services for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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