Make the switch to Windows® 7?
The buzzword in most businesses recently, especially after the Vista debacle has been the migration element and whether to make the migration or not. This question can be resolved by looking at a heady mix of technical and business stand-points. From a technical point of view, the hottest news about Windows 7 is that it runs really well even on outdated hardware. For the record, it was tested on a P4 with 1 GB RAM as well as on a netbook in a lab, and it worked decently well on both, outperforming many other Operating Systems.
Windows 7 definitely gives enough reason for an upgrade when it comes to performance. This was not possible with Windows Vista, it had also raised the bar on hardware requirements considerably.
The standalone features are commendable. It is a good idea to have a look at which ones would work only if one have Windows Server 2008 R2 running at the back-end. If the standalone features fits into your business needs, then that puts the weightage in favour of the new OS. The BitLocker feature for example, might be good for laptop users from a data security point of view, while AppLocker would be just perfect for better control over what can and cannot run on each system.
What about the business aspects? The Windows 7 Launch has been nicely timed. We're now slowly coming out of the economic slump, and businesses are slowly getting back on track. During the slowdown, most organizations had cut their IT budgets, and had stacked all their hardware refreshes on hold. Now that the worst is over, a lot of organizations would be looking at renewing their hardware. So, it would make logical sense to get all fresh machines with Windows 7, making sure that an OEM gives you the best deal on the licenses.