With Windows 7 Enterprise Detailed, Microsoft Pushes Windows Better than Linux and Mac Contest
Article by George Norman
On 03 Mar 2009
As the development process of Windows 7 steadily draws to a close, it is only a matter of time until Microsoft will release the final version of this Windows-based operating system and will start marketing the six versions of Windows 7 detailed in their SKU strategy. One of these versions is Windows 7 Enterprise, which just like Windows 7 Ultimate, encompasses a large number of features the user can take advantage of.

It must be said that all Windows 7 versions that Microsoft will market are superset; starting with Widows 7 Starter and up to Windows 7 Ultimate which sits at the top of the list, each ascending version of he Microsoft developed operating system will have more and more feature. Windows 7 Ultimate is feature complete of course.

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Here are the features one can expect to get from Windows 7 Enterprise:
- Volume licensing, since this version is meant for corporate use.
- BitLocker security; DirectAccess for easier network connectivity; BranchCache; Federated Search; App-V and Med-V; AppLocker, which puts unauthorized software on lockdown – all part of the already in place Microsoft Desktop Optimization Package (MDOP).
- Support for scripted PowerShell 2.0 commands. PowerShell 2.0 not only comes bundled with Windows 7 Enterprise, it also comes with more than 500 scripts and “commandlets”.
- Virtualization options: presentation virtualization, desktop virtualization, profile virtualization, and application virtualization.
- Problem Steps Recorder and enhanced Automated Troubleshooting for when you run into any problems with the OS.
- WinInternal application suite for enhanced performance.

It is more than obvious that Microsoft is trying to win over the corporate world; keep in mind that companies have shown slow progress in adopting Windows Vista, many of them deciding to tough it out with XP.

In related Windows and Microsoft news, it seems the Redmond software developer is keen to see as many people as possible adopting the next iteration of their Windows-based operating system, Windows 7. Proof of that is the “Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest”. The purpose of this contest is to come up with a screencast that clearly shows how Windows 7 is superior to other operating systems like the Mac OS X and Linux.

Microsoft Evangelist Matt Hester explains: “As some of you may recall we had a contest last time just for the MVP’s and a lot of you wanted in on the contest. So guess what we listened and you’re in! We have decided to have another contest, and for this contest there is no MVP qualification necessary! To enter you just need to be a technology professional and enthusiast from the U.S. The screencasts entries will be judged by a blue ribbon group of IT Pro superstars and will be judged on Creativity, Presentation, Inclusion of Microsoft Technologies and Effective demonstration of Windows 7 value.”

There are prizes of course: 3rd place will get an 8GB Zune player, 2nd place will get an 120GB Zune player, and 1st place will get a 60GB XBOX 360 game console. There is also a grand prize which consists of a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p notebook.



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