During a speech at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced the beta version of the Windows 7 OS. The next version of Windows was available for a limited time for testing at select Microsoft sites. During the presentation, Balmer demonstrated new features and key improvements incorporated into Windows and driven by market feedback. Areas focused on by Windows 7, said Balmer, include performance, security, reliability, functionality, energy efficiency, and ease of use. In each of these categories, Windows 7 offers significant advantages.
Microsoft Windows 7 includes faster initialization, power off, and recovery from standby; no-hassle networking and file and printer access; consolidated device administration; as well as sophisticated touch-screen support. To view Microsoft's press release, refer to Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Beta
How Progent's Certified Engineers Can Assist You to Plan for Microsoft Windows 7
Progent's certified engineers can help you to pilot the pre-release edition of Windows 7 to confirm application and driver compatibility and to check its performance and stability running in your environment. Progent can also help you assess the potential business advantages of adopting Windows 7. If Windows 7 fits your business, Progent can assist you to design and execute a smooth migration to Microsoft Windows 7 from a previous release of Windows.
Progent's IT professionals can provide a variety of other low-cost support options to enhance the efficiency, dependability, protection, speed, and maintainability of IT systems that incorporate workstations based on Microsoft Windows 7:
Desktop Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified desktop support consultants can deliver a broad range of cost-effective support services to assist your business to deploy, configure, repair, and administer desktop PCs and laptops based on Microsoft Windows. Progent can offer onsite or online help for single machines or notebooks or help you to plan and implement a large-scale migration to Windows 7. Progent can also configure Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics applications on your client PCs so they communicate productively with all Microsoft applications, software from third-party vendors, database servers, and line-of-business solutions network-wide. Progent can also provide engineers and technical workers to help your company to prepare for and implement an office move or merger designed to cause the least possible disruption of your business.
Virtual Education for Workstation Applications
Progent provides live virtual training for a range of desktop programs and environments such as Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, Acrobat Writer, Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. Virtual training provides all the advantages of traditional in-person seminars, including instant communication between students and trainers, but eliminates the costs of transportation and the challenge of trying to synchronize the schedules of many workers. Available to single students or groups of any size, virtual instruction permits the teacher to run the class from a remote facility and the clients can be spread throughout a campus or all over the country. Live online learning utilizes proven teaching tools such as broadcast white boards, electronic hand-raising, and shared desktops. Sessions can be short and personalized for specific subjects or extended in duration and broader in scope. Instructors and clients can go through examples individually or as a group.
64-bit Migration Help for Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Servers
Windows 7 is offered in a 64-bit version that sets a new standard for workstation dependability and capacity. Unfortunately, for most organizations the upgrade to 64-bit technology is problematic because of the requirement to perform a clean setup on each workstation. This requires reconfiguring applications, backing up and recovering data files, and running new drivers. Though companies in most cases already have 64-bit computers, the work required to take full advantage of this resource often seems too time-consuming. Yet because Windows 7 often requires a from-scratch installation, this can be a great time to upgrade to 64-bit performance, which can be done with little or no additional work. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consulting experts have in-depth backgrounds planning and implementing massive, minimally disruptive OS upgrades of existing desktops and can help your company leverage your IT budget by executing the migration to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing simultaneously.
Change and Update Automation
Progent's network management experts can show you how to set up a computer network based around Microsoft Windows 7 workstations that is simple to administer. Progent's consultants have in-depth backgrounds delivering small businesses SMS Server 2003 consulting to reduce network management's workload, increase system protection, boost efficiency by ensuring that all patches and updates are installed, police software licensing compliance, and monitor patterns of application use to enable a more efficient purchasing plan. Also, Progent can help your company to carry out a non-disruptive migration to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 from Systems Management Server for more comprehensive management automation and can help your business to move to Windows Server 2008.
Security Inventory Scanning and Evaluation Packages
Progent's premier security consultants can deliver a variety of cost-effective security inventory service bundles and security assessment bundles designed to offer organizations of all sizes a chance to receive an objective look at the effectiveness of their security environment. The packages range from a low-cost external security scan and evaluation package for small and midsize businesses up to a high-level package for corporations who have to meet security levels required by government regulators or by vendors. For each security assessment package, consultants with high-level security credentials evaluate and report on scanned data and make suggestions for efficient remediation.
Fault-tolerant Network Infrastructure
Progentís consulting experts can assist your company to configure a fault-tolerant network architecture that offers features such as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V clustering, redundant Internet access, system load balancing, and strategic collocation sites. Progent offers the services of Microsoft and Cisco-Premier network engineers who can help you utilize virtualization to enhance availability. Progent can also help you create a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster response evaluations and drills.
Call Center Outsourcing and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's remote Help Desk support team of certified technical professionals offers your customers instant access to a dependable technical resource with years of background delivering telephone support and remote access repair for networks based on Microsoft and Cisco products. Progent's focus is on giving the Helpdesk a respected reputation as a solid contributor to business performance. Progent's target is to resolve rather than merely record problems. Progent can deliver comprehensive Helpdesk support or transparently reinforce your current Helpdesk. Progent can also assist you to select and deploy the most advanced technology for creating or improving your in-house Help Desk.
To find out more information about Progent's consulting and support services for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.