A day away from the launch of Windows 7, IT Business Edge and CTOEdge are lit up with coverage of the new operating system. Here is a look at some of the articles focusing on Windows 7:
SMB blogger Paul Mah looks at some of the features of particular interest to small businesses, including BitLocker-To-Go, which extends data encryption to USB flash drives and other removable or portable media; and DirectAccess, which allows Windows 7 clients to connect to their corporate network anywhere there is an Internet connection.
Frank Ohlhorst offers a thorough look at some of the notable feature enhancements in Windows 7. Some of those features include Libraries, which allows users to create virtual folder views of designated types of files that may be spread all over your PC's storage. Other features include Jump Lists, Areo Desktop, Windows Touch and more.
Once Microsoft officially releases Windows 7, it's going to fall to the IT help desk to start cleaning up after the party, warns blogger Michael Vizard. He cautions that help desks have not had to deal with a large-scale OS migration in seven years, and recommends a hard look at remote desktop administration tools.
Blogger Ann All discusses Gartner's projection of almost $2,000 per user in migration costs from XP to Windows 7. She suggests these high costs might encourage some businesses to take a harder look at moving to cloud-based business tools.
CTOEdge's David Tan says there is no shortage of new features with Windows 7. However, they revolve around making the platform easier to use and more intuitive. Everything from the new taskbar to jump lists and desktop enhancements help the user work smarter. He says there's less sizzle, more substance-something that was painfully missing from Vista.
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