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There’s been a lot of talk in the community about what Windows 7 offers consumers. Today, I’d like to highlight the enterprise value of the product and how it reflects what customers and partners told us enterprises need most.
With Windows Vista, we learned a lot about how involved our customers and partners like to be in the development of an OS – in a nutshell, early and often. With Windows 7, we changed the way we developed the Windows OS in order to be more responsive to that feedback. As such, early on we identified three main principles to our new process:
There are three key areas we look at in our development process: industry trends, in-depth discussions with top customers and partners, and extensive quantitative customer research.
I won’t go into details except to remind you of trends with the most significant impact on IT today: costs, consumerization, reducing carbon footprint, contingency planning and compliance. As a result of the continued economic deterioration, most businesses are thinking about cost. IT is under pressure to deliver efficiencies in their environments and greater ROI on technology expenses – we recognize this through personal experience and input from our customers and partners.
We spent a great deal of time talking and engaging with our customers and partners in order to really understand what’s on their mind. Knowing where their challenges lie and what tools they need to be successful helps us deliver an OS that meets their needs and is a valuable investment, which is critical when IT budgets are tighter than ever.
This engagement came in two forms – qualitative and quantitative.
Our qualitative outreach consisted of over 100 of our top customers through five programmatic engagement vehicles:
For our Quantitative Research, we engaged extensively with almost 4000 customers in developing and emerging markets. This research surfaced the top areas of concern: Risk Management, Compliance and Mobility. Key findings included:
So how did this affect Windows 7?
Windows 7 Enterprise mirrors what we learned during our planning and research phase and resulted in three big areas of investment:
And we’re not finished! Research on Windows 7 overall continues today as we receive feedback from our Beta testers. We’ve received over 500,000 Send Feedback reports on Windows 7 Beta. Thanks to our dedicated customers, we have hundreds of fixes in the pipeline. This is a testament to how we’re taking your feedback and inputting it directly into Windows 7.
With Windows 7, we’ve advanced our vision for an Optimized Desktop to allow administrators the ability to balance flexibility and control in helping end-users work better in their environments. Windows 7 Enterprise, along with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), delivers Microsoft Windows Optimized Desktop vision to customers: it gives users anytime, anywhere access to information they need to get their work done; while providing tools for IT to support their business securely, protect corporate data, achieve cost efficiencies, and take advantage of the virtualization trends in the client computing arena.
To summarize, customers tell us the economy is bringing new levels of scrutiny to how they manage costs, mitigate risks and make their people more productive with less. We get it. Windows 7 Enterprise is about helping both IT Pros and end users manage an intensifying – and often opposing – confluence of pressures.
Throughout the Windows 7 development process, we’ve been committed to creating an OS that is designed for the way people actually work. We’re convinced Windows 7 has an exciting and powerful offering for our business customers, but we want to hear from you. If you are one of our enterprise customers considering Windows 7, our guidance to you is to start testing and planning now and send us your feedback. If you haven’t been considering Windows 7, we think there are compelling reasons for you to take another look.
Not much, I think the problem with windows 7 windows 7 operating system is now slowly everyone has to pass more quickly to a more secure operating system
Branch Cache should be backported to at least Server 2008 RTM. And BitLocker To Go drives be made writable on XP and Vista.
Actually the most interesting thing about Windows 7 is that is some builds, apparently Internet Explorer can be completely removed at least according to this article:
Windows 7 may allow Internet Explorer removal
This would be a great feature for bussinesses that dont want their employees to have access to a browser on certain machines. It would also free up resources on those machines. Probably most people will still install Internet Explorer, but it is nice to have a choice in certain environments!
I don't agree. I tried to give feedback and community opinion to Microsoft and all channels I have seen so far to collect feedback or ideas are pretty closed and not listening. This is not really web 2.0 style.
If you want to know how this needs to be done, look at Dell:
Public, open, with voting.
We used Meeting Space a lot in our corporate conference room, unfortunately it was dropped for no reason in Windows 7. I tried copying the files and registering them to make them run but to no avail. Other products like SharedView require internet access or are service/subscription-based. App compatibility of Windows 7 is not the same as Vista. :( Another thing I'm not happy at all about is keeping MDOP products exclusive to those with Software Assurance. At least, App-V and DaRT should be made available for retail purchase to small and medium businesses.