Monday, August 9, 2010

Windows 7 Training: Worth Your While?

Wondering whether Windows 7 training is worth your while—or worth your students’ while? How much will IT professionals really need to know about Windows 7 in the near future? Statistics reported by Windows IT Pro writer Paul Thurrot help answer these questions about Windows 7 deployment in the enterprise.

Admitting he was curious—maybe even a little doubtful—about the actual numbers we would see for Windows 7 deployment in large businesses, Thurrott posed the question, “Has individual excitement around Windows 7 broken through to the fiscally constrained corporate market? . . . Or worse yet, is Windows 7 just another Windows Vista, where talk about deployments eventually disappears as the reality of the situation becomes clear?”

The numbers are speaking for themselves, and according to analysts and research firm IDC, about 65% of corporations have already begun migrating to Windows 7. “Both Dell and Intel are fully deployed on Windows 7 now,” wrote Thurrott further, citing information from Microsoft general manager Gavriella Schuster. Already, Windows 7 is not another Vista.

It also sounds like Microsoft did its research all along the development timeline of Windows 7, working closely with partners (PC makers, ISVs, and solution integrators) to always be up to date on tools Windows 7 would work with and to improve the product with partners’ feedback.

The widespread deployment of Windows 7 at the consumer level, small- to medium-sized business level, and most importantly, at the enterprise level, make it necessary for IT professionals to be trained to work with Windows 7.

If you haven’t yet, try an evaluation of the new LabSim Configuring Windows 7 course in your classroom, and make sure your students are prepared to be the professional on Windows 7 when they enter their profession.

Emily Howard, TestOut

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