Is Windows 7 a Grand Slam Hit?

Recent surveys suggest that businesses are ready to embrace and deploy Windows 7 en masse as soon as Redmond makes it available. Traditionally, businesses are slow to adopt new operating systems. Its like waiting for the second model year of a new automobile make. You want some other sucker to take care of the extended Beta testing affectionately known as the initial release.

That philosophy has led many organizations to hang on to Windows XP and forego Windows Vista entirely. Some organizations simply waited for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), but by that time Vista had gotten a lot of negative press and developed somewhat of a bad reputation. One can debate whether the press was factual or whether the reputation was deserved, but the bottom line is that many enterprises simply decided that Windows XP was comfortable and that Windows Vista wasn’t worth the risk.

Windows 7 on the other hand has been getting rave reviews since the Beta version has been available. Computer experts from all fields all the way down to consumers love the new operating system. Features such as DirectAccess and BranchCache also provide solid business justifications for upgrading and have the potential for changing the way enterprises work with their growing remote sites and roaming work force.

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