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Get Ready For Windows 7

Deploy Windows Vista Now Or Test Apps And Hardware Against Windows Vista For Greater Compatibility With Windows 7

April 14, 2009

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  • By Benjamin Gray
  • with Simon Yates,
  • Christian Kane

Why Read This Report

Windows 7 is slated for release within the next nine months — and even sooner if the signs of an early release come to fruition. IT operations professionals need to start preparing for it now, and the best way to prepare for Windows 7 is by deploying Windows Vista. Short of that, begin testing your applications and hardware for compatibility against Windows Vista; It will pay off with greater compatibility with Windows 7. Why? Because Windows 7 is built on the same code base as Windows Vista, and the vast majority of applications that are compatible with Windows Vista will remain compatible with Windows 7. It's important to note that there will be some low-level application exceptions, such as client security, imaging, firewall, and networking, but the beta of Windows 7 shows significant promise, and most IT operations professionals are looking forward to its availability and eventual enterprise deployment.

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