Microsoft has done well this month now that news are out that the IE 8 has increased its market share and continues to be one of the stronger players in the browser market. Another good news is that Windows 7 is gaining ground after exceeding the market share of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Some are not surprised at all with this outcome and have even cited the some of the reasons that propelled Windows 7 to its recent success.
Why you might want to switch to Windows 7
1. Windows 7 has great Troubleshooting Packs that can easily be managed by users.
Troubleshooting problems are fairly common. Oftentimes, IT experts are bogged down with problems of this sort. They can be very challenging, especially for remote troubleshooting, and may take a lot of time to resolve such issues. Affecting the system performance, it can also affect others network tasks.
Thankfully, the Troubleshooting Packs of Windows 7 make it easier for users to perform troubleshooting on their own. IT technicians can even customize these packs to resolve issues with internal applications and recurring problems with the system.
The Problem Steps Recorder is another great feature for remote troubleshooting. This provides a point-by-point guide to users, complete with screenshots to illustrate the steps that might be causing problems. It can easily be replayed, helping IT technicians solve the issue by identifying the real source of the problem.
2. Windows 7 boasts of more security controls that can’t be found in Windows XP.
The security controls of Windows 7 include the DEP, or data execution prevention, UAC, user account control, ASLR, or address space layout randomization, and PMIE, or protected mode IE. The AppLocker is also very useful for setting restrictions on apps and scripts. With better control over the programs that run on the PC, users are assured of enhanced security and an easier way to manage system. Other good security features of Windows 7 are the BitLocker and BitLocker to Go, which protect highly sensitive data through encryption.
3. Windows 7 provides a good management system.
Windows 7 boasts of PowerShell 2.0 integrated support. It offers a good infrastructure for IT professionals, enabling them to set common tasks automatically. Desktop management is also made more efficient with this system. Creation of powerful scripts is possible with PowerShell 2.0, making it one of the best features for IT admins, especially with the inclusion of WMI, or Windows Management Interface and the availability of command-line tools.
Windows 7 and its success
Its predecessor, Windows Vista, didn’t gain much success in the market. Compared to Windows XP, the Vista is hurled with a lot of issues, though most of them zero in on misunderstood features. With poor marketing, the Vista suffered from its bad rep. But now that Windows 7 is out, many are hopeful that previous issues with the Vista are addressed with this new version, combining this with the benefits of the more popular XP. Windows 7 offers updated sofware and hardware technologies that Windows XP users can conveniently switch into.