The Inevitable Windows 7

April 29, 2009

At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans the ubiquitous topic du jour with the majority of our Microsoft business clients relates to the planned release of Windows 7.  Much to the chagrin of many of our clients, the weak economy and the compatibility issues associated with the upgrade to Windows Vista on existing XP/Small Business Server 2003 networks prevented their migration to Vista.  Now, with the planned end of Microsoft support of Windows XP, clients are faced with a certain upgrade at some time in the near future.

There is some time before the official release of Windows 7 – the release candidate will be on the rampage in the first week of May with a planned expiration in mid 2010.  Although Microsoft is keeping the official release of the final version of Windows 7 secret, some contend late 2009 to early 2010 is a probable time.

Microsoft plans six editions of Windows 7; however your geographic location will determine which editions a business or individual can purchase.  The editions that are planned for worldwide distribution are Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise.  Each version builds on each other: Windows 7 Home Premium – Windows 7 Professional – Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise.

Many IT professionals contend Windows 7 is an optimized version of Windows Vista. Windows 7 runs on the same computer hardware as Windows Vista.  Microsoft will provide upgrade opportunities for both Windows XP as well as Windows Vista users.

Windows XP users with hardware that meets requirements of Windows 7 should perform a clean install of Windows 7. With hardware requirements for Windows Vista that are basically the same as the hardware requirements for Windows 7, Microsoft plans that PCs running Windows Vista can migrate to Windows 7 with an easy software upgrade on existing Vista systems. Onsite recommends a clean install whenever possible.

The price points of Microsoft Windows 7 remain secret; however some allege prices will be similar to newly released versions of Windows Vista. Using this logic, price points for Windows 7 are expected to be: Windows 7 Home Premium: $100-$150, Windows 7 Professional: $200-$250, and Windows 7 Ultimate: $300-$350.

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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