by Charles Ray, Senior Systems Specialist, CAL Business Solutions
Windows 7 is here! Officially releasing to the general public on October 23, Microsoft's new OS (Operating System) has been released to partners so we can help our clients know and learn. I have been actively using Windows 7 Beta, Release Candidate, and now the RTM (Release to Manufacturing). It still continues to amaze me with its speed, reliability, and good looks. Yes, I know that appearance is secondary to performance, but having gone through the days of Hercules CRT Monitors and the (then) ground-breaking 800x600 VGA 16-color display, appearance is important to me. Anyone remember (or still use) Great Plains Accounting for DOS? Have we got an
While Windows Vista was overburdened with eye candy and attempts to protect the user from him/herself, Windows 7 has dispensed with many of the superfluous and annoying 'features' and delivered a solid OS for the business world. If you're already using Vista, you're good to upgrade, although a fresh install will generally yield better performance due to the inevitable clutter that accumulates through constant Windows use.
For those companies (most of you, I know) that have held on to Windows XP, this is the time to move forward. There is no approved upgrade path directly from XP to Windows 7, so the question is whether to wipe and reinstall your old XP workstation. If it is 3 or 4 years old, probably not, as the OS does come with minimum hardware requirements, so my recommendation would be to switch when you get your next new PC or Notebook.
If asked to sum up my impressions of Windows 7 and whether to deploy in your business, my comment would be 'It just works'. 'Nuf said.
And if you use Windows 7 with
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