Windows 7 Planning In a keynote speech at the 2009 CES Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced the beta release of Windows 7. The next generation edition of Windows was available temporarily for testing at several sites. During the CES talk, Balmer showed new capabilities and important enhancements built into Windows and inspired by customer feedback. Aspects focused on by Windows 7, stated Balmer, cover speed, security, dependability, compatibility, energy efficiency, and ease of use. In each of these categories, Windows 7 offers significant improvement.

Microsoft Windows 7 features quicker initialization, power off, and recovery from sleep mode; no-hassle LAN configuration and resource sharing; consolidated device management; plus advanced touch-screen technology. To view Microsoft's press release, refer to Microsoft's CEO Announces Windows 7 Beta

How Progent's Consulting Professionals Can Help Your Company to Evaluation Windows 7
Progent's Microsoft certified consultants can assist you to evaluate the beta version of Microsoft Windows 7 to confirm application compatibility and to determine its speed and reliability running in your environment. Progent can also help you assess the likely business value of moving to Microsoft Windows 7. If Windows 7 fits your business strategy, Progent can help you to plan and carry out a smooth upgrade to Windows 7 from a previous version of Windows.

Progent's IT professionals offer a range of other affordable services to improve the efficiency, reliability, security, speed, and manageability of information systems that include desktops based on Windows 7:

PC Desktop Support Services
Progent's certified desktop support experts offer a wide range of affordable services to help your company to install, configure, repair, and manage desktop PCs and notebooks powered by Microsoft Windows. Progent can provide on-premises or online assistance for individual machines or laptops or work with your business to design and implement a large-scale migration to Microsoft Windows 7. Progent can also install Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics applications on your workstations so they integrate efficiently with all Microsoft applications, software from popular publishers, SQL databases, and line-of-business solutions network-wide. Progent can also supply consultants and technicians to help you to plan for and implement a company relocation or merger designed to cause the least possible interruption to your business.

Live Virtual Learning for Desktop Applications
Progent provides live virtual learning for a range of client programs and environments including Excel, Word, Publisher, Project, Adobe Acrobat Writer, Adobe Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. Live online education offers all the benefits of traditional in-person sessions, including instant interaction between clients and teachers, but eliminates the costs of transportation and the hassle of attempting to accommodate the availability of multiple students. Available to individuals or classes of all sizes, live online learning permits the trainer to run the class from an online facility and the clients can be spread throughout a campus or across the the U.S. Virtual training utilizes powerful learning tools such as broadcast white boards, electronic hand-raising, and shared desktops. Classes can be short and personalized for specific topics or longer in time and broader in scope. Teachers and students can work through examples individually or as a class.

64-bit Upgrade Support for Windows 7 and Windows Servers
Microsoft Windows 7 is offered in a 64-bit edition that represents a new benchmark for workstation dependability and capacity. Unfortunately, for the majority of organizations the transition to 64-bit technology is problematic due to the need to make a clean installation on each desktop. This requires reconfiguring programs, saving and restoring data files, and running new drivers. Although companies in most cases already have 64-bit PCs, the work needed to benefit fully from these resources appears excessively time-consuming. Yet because Microsoft Windows 7 usually calls for a clean installation, this represents a good opportunity to upgrade to 64-bit computing, which you can do with little or no incremental effort. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consulting experts have in-depth backgrounds designing and performing major, minimally disruptive operating system upgrades of in-place desktops and can assist your company get the most out of your network budget by making the transition to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing simultaneously.

Change Automation
Progent's IT management professionals can show you how to set up a computer system based on Microsoft Windows 7 PCs that is simple to administer. Progent's engineers have extensive backgrounds providing small companies SMS Server consulting to streamline IT management's processes, increase system security, boost productivity by making sure that all patches and updates are installed, police licensing adherence, and track patterns of software usage to allow a more efficient purchasing plan. Also, Progent can help you to carry out a smooth migration to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 from Systems Management Server 2003 for more complete administration automation and can help your business to move to Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Network Security Inventory and Assessment Packages
Progent's certified security engineers can provide a variety of cost-effective security inventory bundles and security assessment service bundles designed to give organizations of all sizes a chance to get an objective look at the quality of their security environment. These packages range from an ultra-affordable external security scan and assessment option for small and midsize businesses up to a high-level solution for institutions who have to meet security standards demanded by government agencies or by vendors. For each security inventory or evaluation package, consultants with top security credentials evaluate and report on collected information and make recommendations for effective improvements.

High-availability Network Infrastructure
Progentís consulting professionals can help your company to implement a fault-tolerant system architecture with features that can include Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V clustering, auto-failover Internet access, network load balancing, and strategic collocation sites. Progent offers access to Microsoft and Cisco-Certified network professionals who can help you benefit from virtual machines to improve fault tolerance. Progent can also help define a comprehensive business continuity strategy that incorporates periodic disaster response evaluations and testing.

Helpdesk Outsourcing and Consulting
Progent is a Microsoft Gold and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's remote Help Desk support staff of certified IT experts offers your customers instant access to a reliable technical group with years of experience delivering phone support and online troubleshooting for networks powered by Microsoft and Cisco technology. Progent's focus is on earning the Call Center a respected image as a key contributor to company performance. Progent's target is to fix rather than simply record problems. Progent can deliver full Help Desk outsourcing or seamlessly reinforce your existing Helpdesk. Progent can also help your company to select and implement the most advanced solutions for building or improving your internal Help Desk.

To learn additional details concerning Progent's support services for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.