Microsoft recently has announced the arrival of Windows 8 in about a year so. There is an increasing pressure in the corporate world to get all the workers running on Windows 7 as support for Windows XP winds down. Windows 7 has been available since October 2009, but it is only recently seeing real enterprise adoption. Last week, Web metrics firm Net Applications reported that Windows XP market share fell below 50 per cent, to 49.8 per cent. Over the past year, Windows XP market share has dropped by 12 per cent to 49.8 per cent while Windows 7 has increased by 13.4 per cent to 27.9 per cent.
It is important to know that Windows 8 is all about the tablet. It is Microsoft answers to apple’s Ipad. Many or our clients ask us is it time to upgrade to Windows 7? The answer is a big yes. We are approaching Windows 7 second anniversary. Microsoft has released the service pack 1 for Windows 7. Most techs recommend to upgrade to any of Microsoft Operating Systems after Service Pack1 and therefore the is no reason to wait. The main issue with any upgrades is the compatibility of your software applications and device’s drivers. After two years there are many updates and revisions available to make your software and hardware compatible with Windows 7. Also for most legacy software you can install XP mode on the Windows 7 and run your legacy software in that environment.
Even though after Windows XP service pack 3, there are not many issues with Windows XP and it is running like a charm here are the most compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 7:
- Internet Explorer 9 – A better and more secure browser runs only on Win7 and Vista
- Work from anywhere With Windows 7 Professional, your laptop can remember your preferred printer on each network you use – no more manual switching. Setting your laptop up for a presentation is a breeze, so you can always put your best foot forward. And since Windows 7 manages power more efficiently and connects to wireless networks faster, it’s easier than ever to work on the go.
- Use Windows XP programs – Most programs designed for Windows XP work fine in Windows 7. For those that don’t, Windows 7 Professional has a solution: Windows XP Mode. This free download, which works only with the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7, can run Windows XP programs in a separate window right on your Windows 7 desktop.
- Safeguard your work – All editions of Windows 7 come with improvements to Backup and Restore for a “set it and forget it” approach to backing up your files and folders. With Windows 7 Professional, you can also back up files, folders, and even drives to a network – and file encryption can help keep confidential information secure on PCs with more than one user.
- Be more productive – With Windows 7 Professional, you can think less about technology and more about getting things done. Performance improvements and a redesigned desktop help you get more done in less time. It’s simple to connect to domains and access offline files on a network even when you’re not online.
- Have some fun -Just because you use your PC for work doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice play. When it’s time for a break, you’ll enjoy on-demand Internet TV, the unbelievably realistic game graphics of DirectX 11, and all the audio-visual goodness that comes with Windows Media Center – like the ability to watch, pause, and record live TV – and Windows Media Player.
We recommend Windows 7 Pro because it is designed to be deployed in the business network environment. If you have a computer that is older than 3 years it is best to get a new computer. Windows 7 comes in 32 bit and 64 bit flavors, which you can use up to 4 Giga byte of ram for 32 bit and 8 or more Gigabyte for 64 bit. A separate graphic card with 256 Mb or more ram is highly recommended. Let us know if you have any questions.