As I’ve shared on this blog before, we’re always eager to hear about our Windows 7 customer experiences and how we can improve our support and tools we offer them through their deployment. So today, I’d like to share some insightful findings from a February 2010 report from Forrester Research, written by Ben Gray, “Lessons Learned from Windows 7 Early Adopters,” as well as feedback about our newly announced App-V 4.6 from several Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) at our recent 2010 MVP Global Summit. My hope is that sharing this feedback will better help our other customers during their deployment planning and rollout.
Forrester’s report asked 40 early Windows 7 adopters about their experiences to help IT managers develop their Windows 7 migration strategies. Overall, they found Windows 7 to be a “solid release,” with IT managers all over the world saying the benefits they’re seeing with productivity, security, management and green IT costs are well worth the effort. Customers are experiencing faster startup and shutdown times, more reliable sleep mode and overall stability of the OS, faster access to data and applications through improved search, and a superior mobile and branch office connectivity experience.
Here are a few of the lessons Gray touched on in his report:
Along these lines, we asked several MVPs at the 2010 MVP Global Summit, here on Microsoft campus, what they thought of App-V and what it means for IT Pros during their migration to Windows 7 – see the video below or read more about App-V 4.6 and MED-V 1.0 SP1 RC on the MDOP blog.
Forrester’s findings are in-line with our tips for Windows 7 adoption, particularly as tools like Windows Anytime Upgrade and Windows Easy Transfer make the upgrade process smoother while compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7 remains straightforward. For Windows XP users, the Windows Upgrade Advisor is a valuable tool to determine system requirements before you perform a custom installation (you can find more detailed instructions here on that process, along with an FAQ here.
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As always, I welcome you feedback and look forward to hearing how your Windows 7 deployment goes.
Great video! It's cool to hear some real-world professionals talk about how they're leveraging this tool. How about another one on MED-V?