More Windows 7

by Larry Emmott on November 10, 2009

in Software

From Advanced Automation Newsletter

Microsoft promises improved performance, security and ease of use with Windows 7. Our engineers offer their analysis of the new desktop operating system – see if it’s right for your practice? Windows 7 proves to be more than just a “do over” of Vista, and that is good for everyone.

The Good

  • No Vista Anxiety – Windows 7 is primarily a fix up of Vista. Our trials indicate the new OS will have a cleaner, less “buggy,” launch than Windows Vista.
  • Windows 7 is more secure than any of its predecessors. See Features below for details on new security enhancements
  • New and Improved Voice Recognition – our engineers rate it as excellent.
  • The XP virtualization feature should eliminate most compatibility issues.
  • Setup in our test environments has gone very smoothly.
  • The backup and restore center looks promising.

The Bad:

  • The Microsoft User Account Control, while improved, is good for security and bad for the user. In a properly protected network, we would disable this feature.
  • The Draconian DRM implementation still exists.
  • The network sharing center still leaves a lot to be desired. In an attempt to make networking easy for the home user, I am afraid they are making it harder on everyone.
  • The control panel could easily be renamed the settings labyrinth.
  • The mail app has to be downloaded separately.

Indifferent:

  • New User Interface – those of you still working on XP Pro will have to adjust to the improved user interface.  While it is widely appraised as an improvement on the Vista interface, we advise that you take in some “basic training” with your system engineer following a new Windows 7 deployment.
  • Windows 7 is significantly faster than Vista, but XP Pro users may experience it as the same or perhaps a little slower on older harware.

Our advice: Windows 7 is going to be a great improvement on Microsoft’s previous desktop operating systems.   We recommend giving your practice management and imaging technology companies some time (6 months) to certify the new OS and work out the bugs in their interface before implementing & in your practice.

via Advanced Automation September 2009 Newsletter.

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