In a presentation at the 2009 CES Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. head Steve Ballmer announced the beta version of the Windows 7 operating system. The beta incarnation of Windows was offered temporarily for evaluation at select Microsoft sites. During the CES talk, CEO Balmer showed new capabilities and important improvements incorporated into Windows and driven by customer feedback. Aspects addressed by Windows 7, said Balmer, cover speed, security, dependability, compatibility, battery life, and ease of use. In each of these areas, Windows 7 offers dramatic improvement.
Windows 7 features quicker startup, shut down, and resumption from standby; no-hassle LAN configuration and file and printer sharing; consolidated peripherals administration; plus advanced touch-screen technology. To read Microsoft's press release, refer to Microsoft's CEO Introduces Windows 7 Beta
How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Help Your Company to Evaluation Windows 7
Progent's certified consultants can assist your company to pilot the pre-release version of Microsoft Windows 7 to confirm application compatibility and to check its speed and reliability running in your environment. Progent can also help you assess the likely business benefits of adopting Windows 7. If Windows 7 makes sense for your business strategy, Progent can help your IT organization to design and implement a smooth upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 from a previous version of Windows.
Progent's consulting experts offer a variety of other affordable services to enhance the productivity, dependability, protection, speed, and manageability of information systems that incorporate workstations based on Microsoft Windows 7:
PC Desktop Support Services
Progent's Microsoft Gold certified desktop support experts can deliver a broad range of affordable consulting and support services to help you to deploy, integrate, repair, and administer desktop PCs and laptops based on Microsoft Windows. Progent can offer onsite or online help for individual computers or notebooks or work with you to plan and implement a company-wide rollout of Windows 7. Progent can also configure Office or Microsoft Dynamics applications on your workstations so they communicate efficiently with all Microsoft programs, software from third-party vendors, database servers, and line-of-business services throughout your network. Progent can also provide engineers and technical workers to assist you to prepare for and complete an office relocation or merger organized to produce the least possible interruption to your business.
Live Virtual Instruction for Desktop Applications
Progent offers live virtual instruction for popular client programs and operating systems including Excel, Word, Publisher, Visio, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop CS, Crystal Reports, and Windows Vista and Windows 7. Live online instruction provides the benefits of traditional in-person seminars, including instant interaction between students and trainers, but eliminates the expenses of transportation and the challenge of trying to synchronize the schedules of many workers. Offered to individuals or groups of any size, live online training permits the trainer to conduct the class from a remote facility while the clients can be spread throughout an office or all over the country. Virtual education utilizes proven learning aids like virtual white boards, real-time questions, and collaborative desktops. Sessions can be brief and personalized for specific subjects or longer in duration and broader in coverage. Instructors and clients can go through problems one-on-one or as a class.
64-bit Migration Support for Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Servers
Windows 7 is available in a 64-bit edition that sets a new standard for desktop reliability and capacity. However, for most organizations the upgrade to 64-bit computing is problematic due to the requirement to make a new setup on each PC. This involves reconfiguring applications, backing up and restoring data files, and running 64-bit device drivers. Although companies in most cases are already using 64-bit workstations, the effort required to benefit fully from this untapped potential appears too difficult. Yet since Microsoft Windows 7 often requires a from-scratch installation, it represents a great opportunity to move up to 64-bit technology, which requires virtually no additional effort. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants have extensive experience planning and performing massive, efficient OS upgrades of existing desktops and can help your business get the most out of your IT dollars by performing the transition to Windows 7 and to 64-bit computing at the same time.
Change and Update Management Automation
Progent's IT administration experts can show you how to set up a computer network based on Microsoft Windows 7 workstations that is easy to administer. Progent's engineers have extensive backgrounds providing small and midsize companies SMS Server 2003 consulting to reduce network administration's workload, increase system protection, boost productivity by ensuring that all application updates are installed, enforce software licensing compliance, and monitor patterns of application use to allow a more efficient purchasing plan. Also, Progent can help you to carry out a smooth upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 from Microsoft SMS Server 2003 for more comprehensive management automation and can help you to move to Windows Server 2008.
Network Security Inventory Scanning and Assessment Packages
Progent's certified security engineers can provide a variety of budget-friendly security inventory packages and enterprise network security assessment packages designed to give businesses of all sizes a chance to receive an independent opinion about the strength of their security environment. These packages vary from an ultra-affordable external security scan and evaluation option for small and midsize companies up to a high-end package for corporations who need to meet security standards demanded by state regulators or by customers. For every security inventory or evaluation package, engineers with high-level security accreditations evaluate and report on collected information and provide suggestions for effective improvements.
High-availability Network Design
Progentís consulting professionals can help you to implement a high-availability network architecture with features that can include Microsoft Windows Hyper-V clustering, redundant Internet connections, system load balancing, and strategic data centers. Progent offers access to Microsoft and Cisco-Certified network engineers who can help you benefit from virtual machines to enhance availability. Progent can also help you define a comprehensive business continuity strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills.
Helpdesk Outsourcing and Consulting
Progent is a Microsoft Gold and Cisco Authorized Partner and Progent's online Help Desk support team of authorized technical professionals gives your customers convenient access to a reliable support resource with extensive background providing telephone assistance and online troubleshooting for IT systems based on Microsoft and Cisco technology. Progent's focus is on giving the Call Center a positive reputation as a key contributor to business performance. Progent's target is to fix and not simply record problems. Progent offers full Call Center support or transparently supplement your current Helpdesk. Progent can also help your company to identify and implement the most advanced solutions for creating or improving your in-house Help Desk.
To find out additional details about Progent's consulting services for Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.