Windows 7: Yada, Yada Yada

Oct
22
2009

Today’s the day where you’re going to start to be bombarded with bajillions of messages about  how Windows 7 is the best operating system ever produced.

Look, that’s not for me to say — history will shake out and tell us all over time. It  might end up being the best selling operating system ever produced; and it might have  already even hit that mark for all I know, but that’s another topic.

Here’s my 2¢ of Jeremy wisdom (if there is such a thing)..

In the coming days, weeks, and possibly months, you’re going to hear about every  possible Windows 7 feature under the sun to “make your life better” and “more  wonderful” and “Oh, look! Shiny shiny shiny.”

I don’t have any beef with features like Multi-Touch, or Aeropeek or Aeroshake.

(Okay, well, maybe Aeroshake…  I’ve turned it off.)

But as IT Pros and managers, we need to be focused and ready to understand what’s  important to US and our businesses, versus all the gook from TV advertisements, Twitter tweets, and fancy-pants demos.

 

Indeed, Microsoft’s pseudo-tagline for Windows 7 is “A billion options.”

Ow. That kind of hurts my brain.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: It’s ALL good stuff. But, in the words of the late Clara Peller, “Where’s the beef?

And here’s the good news: there IS beef there. It’s just that we, as IT geeks, need to be conscientious and thoughtful about discerning and filtering out the incoming “shiny, shiny, shiny” messages from the “what really matters” of Windows 7.

So, in the days and weeks to come, with all the hubbub about Windows 7, we should try to focus in on key points where Windows 7′s new technologies can help our business grow,and be prosperous.

If I had to pick three areas to focus on initially (to get the most bang for the buck)  I would focus on…

Management: Group Policy improvements, GP Prefs improvements

Efficiency: GP + Powershell, Powershell for other non-GP tasks, DirectAccess

Security: AppLocker for system protection, Bitlocker for whole drive encryption

That’s not to say there aren’t OTHER areas to possibly focus on; these are just my opinions.

So, welcome Windows 7. It’s shiny. It’s beefy.

Let’s eat !

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