Microsoft Windows 7 Expertise During an address at the 2009 CES Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the beta availability of the Windows 7 operating system. The next generation version of Windows was made available temporarily for evaluation at select Microsoft sites. During the presentation, Balmer showed innovative capabilities and important improvements incorporated into Windows and inspired by customer feedback. Areas focused on by Windows 7, stated Balmer, cover performance, security, dependability, compatibility, battery life, and intuitive operation. In each of these categories, Windows 7 offers dramatic advantages.

Windows 7 features faster initialization, shut down, and recovery from standby; no-hassle LAN configuration and resource sharing; consolidated peripherals administration; as well as multiple finger touch-screen technology. To view Microsoft's news release, visit Microsoft's Steve Balmer Announces Availability of Windows 7

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Professionals Can Help Your Business to Assess Windows 7
Progent's certified consultants can assist your company to evaluate the beta version of Microsoft Windows 7 to confirm application compatibility and to check its performance and reliability working with your applications. Progent can also help you evaluate the likely business value of adopting Microsoft Windows 7. In case Microsoft Windows 7 fits your business, Progent can help you to plan and implement a smooth upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 from a an older version of Microsoft Windows.

Progent's IT professionals offer a variety of other affordable services to enhance the productivity, reliability, security, speed, and manageability of IT systems that incorporate workstations powered by Windows 7:

Desktop Support Services
Progent's Microsoft Gold certified desktop support consultants offer a broad array of affordable support services to assist your company to install, integrate, repair, and administer workstations and laptops powered by Microsoft Windows. Progent can offer on-premises or online technical support for single machines or notebooks or work with you to design and carry out a large-scale migration to Microsoft Windows 7. Progent can also configure Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics programs on your workstations so they communicate efficiently with all Microsoft applications, software from third-party publishers, business servers, and key services network-wide. Progent can also provide consultants and technicians to assist your company to prepare for and complete an office relocation or consolidation organized to cause the least possible disruption of your business.

Virtual Training for Desktop Applications
Progent offers online virtual instruction for a range of desktop applications and operating systems such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Publisher, Visio, Adobe Acrobat Writer, Adobe Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and Windows XP and Vista. Live online education offers all the advantages of conventional in-person seminars, including immediate communication between students and trainers, but avoids the expenses of travel and the challenge of trying to synchronize the availability of many workers. Available to single students or classes of all sizes, live online education allows the instructor to conduct the seminar from a remote facility and the clients can be spread throughout a campus or all over the country. Virtual learning utilizes proven teaching tools such as virtual white boards, real-time questions, and collaborative desktops. Sessions can be short and personalized for specialized topics or extended in duration and broader in coverage. Teachers and clients can work through problems one-on-one or as a class.

64-bit Transitioning Consulting for Windows 7 and Windows Servers
Windows 7 is available in a 64-bit version that represents a new standard for workstation reliability and performance. Unfortunately, for most organizations the migration to 64-bit computing is challenging due to the requirement to perform a new setup on each PC. This requires re-installing programs, saving and restoring data files, and running new device drivers. Although companies in most cases are already using 64-bit hardware, the effort required to benefit fully from this resource can seem too difficult. Yet since Microsoft Windows 7 often requires a from-scratch install, it represents a great time to move up to 64-bit performance, which you can do with virtually no more work. Progent's Microsoft consulting experts have extensive experience planning and implementing massive, efficient OS migrations of in-place workstations and can help your business get the most out of your network budget by performing the move to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing at the same time.

Change Automation
Progent's IT management experts can help you set up an information network based on Microsoft Windows 7 PCs that is easy to administer. Progent's consultants have in-depth experience delivering small businesses SMS Server 2003 expertise to streamline IT administration's processes, increase network protection, improve efficiency by ensuring that all application updates are current, police software licensing compliance, and monitor characteristics of application usage to allow smarter purchasing strategy. Also, Progent can help your company to make a non-disruptive upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 from Microsoft SMS Server 2003 for more comprehensive administration automation and can help you to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Security Inventory Scanning and Evaluation Packages
Progent's certified security consultants can deliver a variety of budget-friendly small business network security inventory service packages and security evaluation service packages designed to give businesses of any size an opportunity to get an objective opinion about the quality of their protection profile. These packages range from a low-cost external scan and assessment package for small companies up to a high-end package for institutions who need to comply with security standards required by government agencies or by customers. For each security inventory or evaluation package, engineers with top security credentials analyze and report on collected data and make suggestions for efficient improvements.

High-availability Network Infrastructure
Progentís consulting experts can assist you to implement a high-availability network architecture that offers features such as Windows Hyper-V clustering, redundant Internet access, network load balancing, and dispersed collocation sites. Progent offers the expertise of Microsoft and Cisco-qualified consulting engineers who can show you how to utilize virtualization to enhance availability. Progent can also help you create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster response preparedness audits and drills.

Help Desk Outsourcing and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft Gold and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's remote Help Desk support team of authorized technical professionals offers your customers instant access to a dependable technical group with years of background providing phone support and online troubleshooting for IT systems powered by Microsoft and Cisco technology. Progent's concentration is on giving the Helpdesk a positive image as a solid contributor to company productivity. Progent's goal is to resolve rather than simply record problems. Progent offers full Helpdesk support or seamlessly reinforce your current Help Desk. Progent can also assist your company to select and deploy the latest solutions for creating or improving your internal Help Desk.

For more information concerning Progent's consulting services for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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