Windows 7, a major release of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is available in six different editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. But only Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate were widely available at retailers. The other editions focus on other markets, such as the software development world.
Windows 7 Professional
This edition is targeted towards enthusiasts, small-business users, and schools. And it includes all the features of Windows Home Premium and adds the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain. Some new features include support for up to 192 GB of RAM (increased from 16 GB). Operating as a Remote Desktop server, location-aware printing, backup to a network location, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies and Windows XP Mode. It is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit version.
Top 10 Benefits of Windows 7 Pro
Windows 7 Professional offers 10 key benefits to small and midsize businesses.
01. An operating system that works the way your customers want:
Microsoft’s claim: Customers have asked for value and innovation. Windows 7 Professional improves on the fundamentals while delivering the latest in mobility and user experience. It’s fast, stable, and compatible—with both third-party applications and third-party devices. So, customers get an operating system that meets their businesses’ advanced needs. Also, they get to keep working with the applications and devices they use today.
02. A SKU lineup that’s easy to understand and sell.
Microsoft’s claim: The simplified SKU lineup of Windows 7 is easy for customers to understand. This means it easier for you to sell. So, with no more complex choices between editions, you can easily make recommendations to your customers. However, if they need a PC for work, they should select Windows 7 Professional. But if the PC is only for home use, Home Premium is the option. And because all Windows 7 editions offer a more complete set of features than the edition before, there’s no need to know all of the features.
03. A cost-effective, simple installation process.
Microsoft’s claim: In response to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) feedback. Windows 7 Professional will be delivered as a single image;* separate images are not needed for each edition or SKU. So that this simplifies your installation process and can help speed up customer order fulfilment. Besides, new deployment tools have been designed to increase flexibility, speed, and efficiency in product development, reducing costs. However, the result: OEMs will need to service fewer edition-based images.
04. Partner opportunities for offering Windows XP Mode.
Microsoft’s claim: Windows XP Mode provides the flexibility to run many older Windows XP productivity applications in a virtual Windows XP environment. Customers benefit by using the productivity applications they’ve already invested in while not having to worry about potential operational downtime as they switch systems. Windows XP Mode is a great feature only in Windows 7 Professional and above and is only available either through OEM preinstallation or postpurchase installation.** This provides you with potential new service opportunities when customers move from their old PCs to new ones.
05. An opportunity to offer high-value recurring services.
Microsoft Claim: The release of Windows 7 Professional provides an opportunity to upgrade your customers’ software or hardware. And deliver IT-related services such as setting up data backup, configuring hardware and accessories. It has also optimizing network settings. Based on your customers’ unique needs and your service offerings, partner opportunities exist to help customers with deployment, mobility solutions.
06. The increased potential to offer a broad set of PCs.
Microsoft’s claim: Windows 7 Professional has been optimized to work well on many different hardware specifications. This allows you to offer customers a range of PCs targeted toward what makes the most sense for their businesses. It also provides flexibility for you to recommend different options based on your customers’ budgetary needs.
07. Increased flexibility in meeting your customers’ needs.
Microsoft’s claim: Windows 7 Professional offers broad customization capabilities. Moreover, you have the flexibility to customize your customers’ PC experiences with prominent placement for your value-added software and hardware—a great feature not available in Windows XP.
08. A modern operating system for today’s businesses.
Microsoft’s claim: How people buy, use, and experience technology has changed dramatically since Windows XP shipped in 2001. While Windows XP was a great operating system almost a decade ago, you can now provide a better option for business customers who need PCs that reflect today’s business environment. This includes delivering the fundamentals of performance and improved battery life; fast startup, shutdown, and resume from Standby; advanced search and indexing; and sophisticated networking capabilities. For businesses running Windows XP, Windows 7 Professional presents a great partner opportunity to help them update their systems.
09. Customer demand for Windows 7.
Microsoft’s claim: Starting with the initial Beta release onward, Windows 7 has received high praise from industry experts, top-name bloggers, and everyday users. So that early market demand you can capitalize on.
10. Microsoft marketing investment around the launch of Windows 7.
Microsoft’s claim: Extend the reach of your own marketing dollars by leveraging the campaigns, marketing resources, sales tools, and training that are being rolled out for the Windows 7 launch.