Windows 7 Beta is Released

January 9, 2009

Thursday’s Wall Street Journal certainly generated lots of chatter among Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans. Wednesday evening at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Steve Ballmer announced the release Windows 7 Beta, the successor to Windows Vista.

According to the WSJ, Microsoft designed Windows 7 with many new features; however Microsoft is placing particular emphasis on speed. Microsoft claims Windows 7 is highly compatible with the hardware, software, and tools designed for Windows Vista; however the first question from our business clients is will Windows 7 work with existing Server 2003 and Windows XP installations?

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, many business owners avoided the upgrade to Windows Vista because of incompatibilities with existing business networks and applications. Between November 2005 and November 2008, the percentage of new Microsoft PCs declined from 89.4% to 84.9% while the percentage of new Apple PCs increased from 10.6% to 15.1%.

How Windows 7 will operate with a Small Business Server 2003 / XP configuration is a huge consideration. In our present economic climate, if Windows 7 does not ‘plug-and-play’ with older networks and applications in a cost-effective manner, many allege businesses are unlikely to justify an expensive upgrade to Windows 7. Onsite’s clients are quite happy with Server 2003 / XP. What do you think? Do you plan to upgrade your business with Windows 7 PCs if there are incompatibilities with older business systems or applications?

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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