Windows 7 was released to the general public yesterday and on most fronts, it definitely shines. Here at New Signature, we have been testing it since the first early beta several months ago. This experience has helped us not only raise our awareness of its new features, but it has allowed our consultants to become support-certified before it was even released.
For the average user, Windows 7 offers several significant advantages over its predecessor, Windows Vista:
- Greater performance, especially on older hardware
- More optimization for the latest hardware, including solid state hard drives and 64-bit processors
- Significant improvements for mobile users — from an “always-on” VPN connection, to better battery life, to more robust offline files
- A reduction in distracting system notifications during regular use
- Much greater security than Windows XP and Vista
- Rock-solid applications and drivers
- Seamless integration with the latest Microsoft server product, Server 2008 R2
- A streamlined user interface that is incredibly easy to use and intuitive
We will be detailing some of the new features during the next few months. As with any new operating system, New Signature recommends our clients wait a few months to deploy until any outstanding issues have been resolved. Our target date is January 1st, 2010. However, Windows 7 is certainly looking like Microsoft’s most well engineered product in years.