Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Windows Operating System

By: J. Briere

We see the argument on television and we debate it with our friends and family. What’s better: PC’s or Macs? The argument often comes down to ease of use, program compatibility, security features, and often times personal preference. If you are on the PC side of the fence then you have no doubt at one point or another used a Windows Operating system. Your average PC user probably knows enough about this operating system to navigate it for day to day use but probably never utilize it to its fullest potential and is unaware of its potential in the business world.

What Windows 7 Offers

Over the years Windows have evolved through several different incarnations. Every time a new version is released there are number of improvements, additions, and revisions of old applications. Some of these new additions can bring new ease when it comes to operating the systems and other times for novice users can cause major headaches. Windows latest edition, Windows 7, is what Bill Gates called “user-centric” as it offers many improvements and additions that older models did not offer. One particular function that is especially useful for office situations is the DirectAccess function. This function allows for seamless intranet connectivity to other DirectAccess client computers when connected to the internet. This lets users remotely access websites, applications, enterprise shares without having to use VPN (virtual private networks). This also allows for administrators to manage remote computers outside the main office buildings. This can be done even if the remote computer is not connected to a VPN.

For Some it’s a Standard

As one of the big market companies it is not surprising that Microsoft Windows is in widespread usage. While some companies may prefer other operating systems, such as Mac, other businesses are giving Windows 7 a chance. This increase in sales has been favorable for small business especially. That is not to say that big companies are ignoring this though. It is actually quite the opposite as large companies such as BMW, T-Mobile, Del Monte Foods were all involved in the early testing of Windows 7. So many companies showed interest in testing this new operating system that Microsoft had to turn a number of them down.

Everyone Needs a Hand

With any new operating system being put in place it is crucial to have a tech support staff that knows how to troubleshoot any problems that may occur. While Windows 7 may be what Bill Gates calls “user-centric” he does not state that it is “user-proof.” Even if a system is user friendly it does not mean that it is impervious to user error which can sometimes cause major problems. Also it is important for technical support to be able to explain many of the changes that have been put into place with Windows 7. There have been several major changes to Windows 7 that many older users may not be accustomed to, many of them having to do with regular navigation processes. These changes have to do with the elimination of classic start menu interface, taskbar features, Windows Explorer features, and more. This may complicate people who are unfamiliar with the new operating system.