New features, of course, are always one of the greatest inducements to upgrade. Windows 7 offers some interesting tweaks and improved tools to enable staffers to boost productivity. These include:
Windows XP mode: Okay, so you don’t want to let go. XP Mode enables you to get the benefits of Windows 7 at the same time you use your aging business and productivity programs that require XP mode. In years past, OS upgrades often required dealing with various headaches regarding legacy apps. Now, by easily running XP in virtual mode inside of Windows, this challenge is eliminated. This backwards compatibility goes a long way toward easing staffers’ fumbles as they encounter a new OS.
(By the way, Windows XP mode is only included with Enterprise, Professional or Ultimate versions of Windows 7.) Homegroup: To enhance the small network experience, Windows 7 includes a feature called Homegroup. Homegroup lets small networks easily share files in their key folders: Music, Pictures, Videos, Documents.
Jump lists: If there’s a file, photo or site you use constantly, Windows 7 automatically adds it to an easily accessible Jump list, which you can open quickly with just two clicks.
Improved device management: Windows 7 simplifies management of peripherals like printers, cameras, and audio players. Now the information you need to know about these devices is available all in one place.
Improved file management: Windows 7’s Libraries feature allows you to find and manage files as if they were in one location, even if they’re scattered throughout various folders. Users spend less time searching.
Remote media streaming: Windows 7 allows you to access photos and videos on a remote PC, playing them as if it were resident locally.
Performance boost: Many IT managers are finding that Windows 7 runs well on both Vista-era machines as well as some of the earlier XP-era boxes. This means that, in some cases, a company can get better, faster performance on the same hardware. This is a refreshing change from years past, when companies expected to need to buy current hardware to get comparable or faster performance from an OS upgrade.