Windows 7 Planning During a keynote speech at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer introduced the beta version of Windows 7. The new incarnation of Windows was made offered for a limited time for testing at several sites. In the course of the CES talk, Balmer showed new capabilities and important enhancements incorporated into Windows and inspired by market demands. Areas addressed by Windows 7, said Balmer, cover performance, protection, reliability, functionality, battery life, and intuitive operation. In each of these areas, Windows 7 offers significant advantages.

Microsoft Windows 7 includes quicker startup, shut down, and wakeup from standby; easier LAN configuration and file and printer sharing; consolidated device administration; plus multiple finger multitouch support. To view Microsoft's press release, visit Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta

How Progent's Certified Experts Can Assist Your Company to Plan for Windows 7
Progent's Microsoft certified engineers can assist you to test the pre-release edition of Microsoft Windows 7 to confirm application and driver compatibility and to check its performance and stability working with your applications. Progent can also help you assess the potential business benefits of moving to Windows 7. If Windows 7 fits your business strategy, Progent can assist you to design and implement a non-disruptive upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 from a your current version of Windows.

Progent's IT professionals can provide a variety of other affordable services to enhance the productivity, dependability, security, performance, and manageability of IT systems that include desktops based on Windows 7:

Desktop Support Services
Progent's Microsoft-certified desktop support consultants can deliver a broad array of cost-effective support services to assist you to install, configure, repair, and manage desktop PCs and laptops powered by Windows. Progent can provide onsite or online assistance for individual machines or notebooks or work with your business to plan and implement a company-wide migration to Windows 7. Progent can also configure Office or Microsoft Dynamics business applications on your client PCs so they integrate efficiently with other Microsoft applications, software from popular vendors, SQL databases, and line-of-business services throughout your network. Progent can also supply consultants and technicians to help your company to prepare for and complete a site move or merger designed to produce minimal disruption of your productivity.

Virtual Training for Desktop Applications
Progent offers online virtual training for an array of desktop programs and operating systems including Excel, Word, Publisher, Visio, Adobe Acrobat Writer, Adobe Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and Windows Vista and Windows 7. Virtual education offers the benefits of conventional classroom seminars, including instant communication between students and teachers, but avoids the costs of travel and the challenge of attempting to synchronize the availability of multiple students. Available to single students or classes of any size, virtual training permits the trainer to conduct the class from a remote facility while the clients can be dispersed throughout an office or all over the the U.S. Live online instruction supports proven learning tools like virtual white boards, electronic hand-raising, and collaborative desktops. Classes can be short and personalized for specialized topics or longer in duration and wider in coverage. Instructors and clients can work through examples individually or as a class.

64-bit Migration Help for Windows 7 and Windows Servers
Microsoft Windows 7 is available in a 64-bit edition that represents a new benchmark for workstation dependability and performance. However, for the majority of businesses the migration to 64-bit computing is problematic because of the requirement to perform a new installation on every desktop. This involves re-installing programs, saving and restoring data files, and running 64-bit drivers. Though companies in most cases already have 64-bit PCs, the effort required to benefit fully from this potential resource often seems excessively time-consuming. Yet since Windows 7 usually requires a from-scratch install, it represents a good opportunity to move up to 64-bit reliability and performance, which requires little or no incremental work. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants have in-depth experience planning and implementing major, efficient operating system migrations of existing workstations and can assist your company get the most out of your IT budget by performing the transition to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing simultaneously.

Change Management Automation
Progent's network administration professionals can show you how to set up a computer system built around Microsoft Windows 7 workstations that is easy to manage. Progent's engineers have in-depth backgrounds providing small businesses SMS Server 2003 consulting to streamline IT management's processes, increase system protection, improve efficiency by ensuring that all patches and updates are current, police software licensing adherence, and monitor patterns of application use to enable smarter purchasing strategy. Also, Progent can help you to make a smooth upgrade to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager from SMS Server for more complete administration automation and can help your business to move to Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Security Inventory and Assessment Packages
Progent's qualified security engineers can provide a selection of budget-friendly security inventory service bundles and security assessment service packages created to offer businesses of all sizes a chance to get a professional opinion about the quality of their protection environment. These packages range from a low-cost external scan and evaluation option for small and midsize companies up to a high-level solution for corporations who have to meet security standards required by government agencies or by vendors. For every security assessment bundle, engineers with high-level security accreditations evaluate and summarize collected data and make suggestions for effective remediation.

Fault-tolerant Network Infrastructure
Progentís consulting professionals can assist you to implement a fault-tolerant system architecture that offers features that can include Windows Hyper-V failover clustering, auto-failover Internet access, network load balancing, and strategic collocation sites. Progent offers the expertise of Microsoft and Cisco-qualified network professionals who can show you how to benefit from virtualization to enhance availability. Progent can also help develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery preparedness audits and testing.

Helpdesk Support and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's online Help Desk support staff of authorized IT experts offers your clients easy access to a dependable technical resource with years of experience providing telephone support and remote access troubleshooting for networks powered by Microsoft and Cisco technology. Progent's focus is on giving the Help Desk a positive reputation as a key contributor to business productivity. Progent's goal is to resolve and not simply report problems. Progent can deliver full Helpdesk outsourcing or seamlessly reinforce your current Helpdesk. Progent can in addition assist you to select and implement the most advanced solutions for building or enhancing your internal Help Desk.

To find out additional details concerning Progent's consulting and support services for Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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