During an address at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced the beta release of the Windows 7 OS. The next edition of Windows was offered temporarily for testing at select Microsoft sites. In the course of the CES talk, Balmer demonstrated new features and important enhancements built into Windows and inspired by consumer demands. Aspects addressed by Windows 7, according to Balmer, include performance, security, reliability, compatibility, energy efficiency, and ease of use. In each of these areas, Windows 7 offers dramatic advantages.
Windows 7 includes faster startup, power off, and recovery from sleep mode; no-hassle LAN configuration and file and printer sharing; consolidated peripherals management; as well as sophisticated multitouch technology. To read Microsoft's press release, visit Microsoft's CEO Previews Microsoft Windows 7
How Progent's Certified Professionals Can Help Your Company to Plan for Windows 7
Progent's certified consultants can assist you to pilot the pre-release edition of Microsoft Windows 7 to confirm application and driver compatibility and to check its speed and reliability running with your applications. Progent can also help you assess the likely business benefits of adopting Microsoft Windows 7. In case Microsoft Windows 7 fits your business, Progent can assist you to plan and implement a smooth upgrade to Windows 7 from a an older release of Microsoft Windows.
Progent's consultants offer a variety of other low-cost support options to improve the efficiency, reliability, security, speed, and maintainability of information networks that include workstations based on Windows 7:
Desktop Consulting and Support Services
Progent's Microsoft-certified desktop support experts offer a wide array of cost-effective consulting and support services to assist your company to deploy, integrate, troubleshoot, and manage workstations and notebooks based on Windows. Progent can provide onsite or remote assistance for individual machines or laptops or work with you to design and implement a company-wide rollout of Microsoft Windows 7. Progent can also configure Office or Microsoft Dynamics programs on your client PCs so they integrate efficiently with other Microsoft applications, products from third-party vendors, database servers, and line-of-business services throughout your network. Progent can also provide consultants and technicians to help your company to plan for and complete a company move or merger organized to produce the least possible interruption to your productivity.
Virtual Learning for Workstation Applications
Progent offers online virtual training for popular client programs and operating systems such as Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Adobe Acrobat Writer, Adobe Photoshop CS, Crystal Reports, and Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. Virtual instruction offers the advantages of traditional classroom seminars, including instant communication between clients and teachers, but eliminates the expenses of travel and the hassle of attempting to synchronize the schedules of multiple students. Offered to individuals or classes of any size, virtual instruction permits the teacher to run the class from a remote facility while the clients can be spread across an office or across the country. Virtual instruction supports proven teaching aids like broadcast white boards, electronic hand-raising, and shared applications. Sessions can be brief and targeted for specific topics or longer in time and wider in coverage. Instructors and students can go through problems individually or as a class.
64-bit Migration Help for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Servers
Windows 7 is offered in a 64-bit edition that sets a new benchmark for workstation reliability and performance. However, for most organizations the upgrade to 64-bit technology is problematic because of the requirement to perform a clean installation on every workstation. This entails re-installing applications, saving and restoring data files, and running new drivers. Though companies in most cases already have 64-bit computers, the work required to benefit fully from this untapped potential appears too time-consuming. But because Windows 7 often requires a from-scratch installation, this represents a great time to upgrade to 64-bit technology, which can be done with little if any additional effort. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants have extensive backgrounds designing and performing major, efficient operating system upgrades of in-place workstations and can assist your organization get the most out of your IT dollars by performing the upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 and to 64-bit technology simultaneously.
Change and Update Management Automation
Progent's network management professionals can help you set up an information system based on Windows 7 PCs that is easy to administer. Progent's consultants have in-depth experience delivering small and midsize companies Systems Management Server consulting to streamline IT administration's processes, increase system protection, improve productivity by making sure that all application updates are installed, police licensing compliance, and monitor patterns of software use to allow a more efficient purchasing plan. In addition, Progent can help your company to execute a non-disruptive migration to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager from SMS Server 2003 for more complete management automation and can help your business to move to Microsoft Windows Server 2008.
Network Security Inventory Scanning and Assessment Packages
Progent's certified security engineers can deliver a selection of cost-effective small business security inventory service packages and security assessment packages created to give organizations of any size an opportunity to receive an impartial opinion about the effectiveness of their protection profile. These packages vary from an ultra-affordable external scan and evaluation package for small and midsize companies up to a high-level solution for institutions who need to meet security standards demanded by state agencies or by vendors. For every security inventory or evaluation package, engineers with high-level security accreditations evaluate and summarize collected data and provide suggestions for efficient improvements.
Fault-tolerant Network Infrastructure
Progentís consulting experts can help your company to configure a high-availability system architecture with features that can include Microsoft Windows Hyper-V failover clustering, redundant Internet access, network load balancing, and dispersed collocation sites. Progent provides the services of Microsoft and Cisco-Certified network engineers who can show you how to utilize virtualization to enhance availability. Progent can also show you how to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster response evaluations and testing.
Helpdesk Outsourcing and Expertise
Progent is a Microsoft Gold and Cisco Certified Partner and Progent's online Help Desk support staff of authorized technical experts gives your clients easy access to a reliable technical resource with years of experience providing telephone assistance and remote access repair for IT systems powered by Microsoft and Cisco products. Progent's focus is on giving the Helpdesk a positive image as a key contributor to company performance. Progent's target is to resolve and not simply record problems. Progent offers comprehensive Helpdesk outsourcing or seamlessly reinforce your existing Call Center. Progent can also assist your company to select and deploy the most advanced solutions for building or enhancing your internal Helpdesk.
To learn more information concerning Progent's support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.