Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Customer Benefits

Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Customer Benefits

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You may have caught Brandon’s post last week looking at our SKU strategy for Windows 7. In addition to the guidance we provided earlier today for commercial customers looking at deploying Windows Vista, I want to also take a closer look at Windows 7 Enterprise specifically and what it means for our largest commercial customers.

Windows 7 Enterprise edition is designed to address the needs of our enterprise customers who have needs around advanced data protection, enabling user productivity and streamlining their PC management. Windows 7 Enterprise is part of the Windows Optimized Desktop offering, which also includes the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) tools and will only be available to customers with Microsoft Software Assurance on their Windows client licenses.

If you are an enterprise customer with Software Assurance on your existing Windows licenses when Windows 7 is released, then you automatically get the rights to deploy Windows 7 Enterprise to PCs in your environment. Additionally, customers who buy Windows 7 Professional and add Software Assurance will also have rights to deploy the Enterprise edition.

For our enterprise customers, we’re especially excited about the following Windows 7 Enterprise features that deliver greater efficiency and cost savings:

  • DirectAccess: Windows 7, along with the network technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides this network technology that enables the user to seamlessly access corporate network resources when on the Internet, without having to create a VPN connection.
  • BranchCache: Windows 7 together with Windows Server 2008 R2 offers an alternative to alleviate the problems of slow connectivity, delivering increased network responsiveness of applications and giving users in remote offices an experience more like working in the head office. When BranchCache is enabled, a copy of data accessed from an intranet web site or a file server is cached locally within a branch office.
  • Enterprise Search Scopes: allows IT administrators to populate links to the commonly used internal sites -- for example, SharePoint sites – to the Windows Explorer UI or to the Start menu or in Windows 7, using Group Policy. These links simplify access to the target internal data sources on the network for business users.
  • BitLocker & BitLocker To Go: protect data on PCs and removable drives, with manageability to enforce encryption and backup of recovery keys. Windows 7 extends BitLocker protection to USB storage devices while making the original functionality even easier to use. Note: BitLocker for PCs and BitLocker To Go for removal hard drives such as external USB drives.
  • AppLocker: is a flexible, easy-to-use mechanism that enables IT professionals to specify exactly what is allowed to run on user desktops. It restricts unauthorized software while allowing applications, installation programs, and scripts that users need.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Optimizations: delivers desktop functionality in Windows 7 using virtual machines hosted on servers—a solution known as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI enables users to access their desktops remotely as well as the ability to reuse virtual machine (VHD) images to boot a physical PC. Windows 7 provides for better user experience in VDI scenarios, with better graphics, audio and local device support.
  • Multi Lingual User Interface: the Language Packs in Windows 7 Enterprise enable you to support up to 36 different languages using a single Windows master image, rather than creating a separate image for each language used in the organization.

Other benefits to Windows 7 Enterprise include:

  • Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA)
  • License rights to run up to four additional copies of Windows in virtual machines
  • License rights for network booting of Windows

Because each high edition SKU is a superset of the previous SKU, Windows 7 Enterprise includes all end user features available in Windows 7 Professional, as well as the DVD Playback Codec and Windows Media Center.

More information about Windows 7 Enterprise is available at:

Windows 7 Enterprise is another example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering continual innovation to enterprise customers through Software Assurance. While we expect these features will be of greatest interest to our enterprise customers, any Windows client Software Assurance customer will have the rights to deploy the Enterprise edition. We look forward to sharing more information about Windows 7 Enterprise and what it has to offer our business customers.

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  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    The latest operating system windows 7 in a more robust system with windows 7 operating system looks at the programs you mentioned I trade in all

  • Well, IT is still processing the complex "YES" or "NO" answer to that question!

  • I just heard that the new version of Office wont be comming out till 2010.  Thats sad because Office is such a great suite of applications, I really love Excel, great program and cant wait for the next version.  Office 2007 was new and boldly redesigned, however like many I am now eager for the next edition which no doubt will perfect the ribbon and new UI based on real world feedback.

    That said at least now both Windows 7 and Office can be focused on individually and with separate timelines.  Hopefully both products will be better because of this separate launches.

    I will miss the dual launches though :-)

  • everything seems perfect for windows 7 except those versions. i hate to say that

    i hate all this versionsing. please microsoft For God sake,

    get over it now. come up with one version as Apple does for osx

  • Lots of nice bells and whistles but it's still not secure by default, anyone can install or run any executable they like even as an ordinary user, look at Google Earth.

    Stop adding baubles and eye candy that will be of limited use to a few people and get the basic security right and businesses may have a compelling reason to move to a new operating system, 95% of business PCs do Word and Outlook and probaly one other program and most would need lttle more than Basic to do it and would be the better for it. Though I guess newscientist2000 would disagree.

    As it stands Windows 7 is to Vista what XP was to 2000, a good tidy up and what the original product should have been, nothing much else has changed.

  • And one still wonders why we need enterprise / ultimate to get multi-lingual support.. Does MS not realise many multi-lingual familys would appreciate this feature in one of the home versions!!!

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    So apart from the licensing model and activation method, there is no feature difference between Enterprise and Ultimate now? And the Enterprise version will mostly have longer support since it is a business SKU?

  • I wish my business would invest in Windows 7, unfortunately our IT department likes to focus on giving the IT department nice 22" widescreen monitors and cutting edge computers running Windows Vista Ultimate while leaving the rest of the company with older XP computers running XP SP3 beta.

    I even asked for permission to install cleartype tuner on my 13" ancient XP work laptop because it was beginning to strain my eyes, IT is still processing the complex "YES" or "NO" answer to that question!

    Hopefully the YES or NO answer for most business' will be a clear cut YES, because it really frustrating to be living in the past when your competition is living in the future!

  • yert
    39 Posts

    Since each version is a superset of the last, wouldn't Windows 7 Ultimate have all these features (for the home user who would want some of these features)?