Microsoft Canada Co.

Microsoft Canada Co.

October 21, 2009 10:05 ET

Organizations Across Canada Realizing the Benefits of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 set to hit store shelves tomorrow as businesses harness the power of new operating system

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) -

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With a growing number of Canadian companies already realizing the benefits of Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2, Microsoft Canada Co. today announced that Windows 7 will be available worldwide starting tomorrow. Windows 7 is designed to help organizations reduce costs and achieve new levels of productivity, security and PC manageability. Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new innovations that help customers to quickly save money and be more efficient today and tomorrow. In addition, new virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements and integration features of Windows 7 will help customers increase the reliability, flexibility and efficiency of their server infrastructures.

"At Bombardier, our goal is to deliver innovative transportation solutions. We are able to do this by equipping our people with the innovative tools and technology they need to help them deliver the highest-quality products," says Alain Paquette, Technology Integrator, Bombardier Aerospace. "Windows 7 is an important application used to improve their productivity and access to information while also helping us enhance security and reduce costs."

During a speech in Toronto today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer highlighted how Canadian companies are tapping into the innovation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and how together they can help organizations reduce unnecessary cost and complexity, automate everyday tasks and make users more productive, deliver enhanced security, and streamline manageability.

"At Microsoft we believe in the power of innovation, and the critical role technology plays in making it possible. The real magic happens when customers like Bombardier, The City of London and Ricoh Canada harness the power of Windows 7 to bring their vision of the future to life, and it's why we're seeing so much excitement for Windows 7," said Eric Gales, President, Microsoft Canada. 

  • Ricoh Canada: A leading provider of printers, MFPs, faxes, scanners and document management solutions is migrating to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to achieve even greater levels of automated management and control over its computing environment, and ensure maximum uptime for applications. Together, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are helping to improve mobile and on-premise security, enabling the IT team to achieve greater manageability and setting the stage for further growth.
  • City of London: The municipality prides itself on the strategic use of technology and delivering a high level of services to its citizens. Facing mounting budgetary pressures, the City of London needed to update its desktop computing environment in order to be even more responsive to the public. Working with Microsoft Gold Certified technology partner CMS Consulting Inc., the City of London became one of the first Canadian municipalities to upgrade its desktop computing environment to Windows 7.

Optimized Desktop/New Efficiency
Over the past 18 months, feedback from more than 1 billion opt-in customer sessions and 8 million beta testers validated Microsoft's research on how to simplify everyday tasks. For enterprises, Windows 7 provides greater control through advancements in branch office management, virtualization, and remote scenarios and allows businesses to:

  • Work the way they want. Windows 7 delivers the fundamental performance, reliability and security features that people expect. New features will help protect privacy and data, make it easier to keep a PC running smoothly, and enable quicker recovery from problems.
  • Make everyday tasks faster and easier. Windows 7 streamlines and simplifies the tasks people do most often. Improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined user interface put commonly used resources within easy reach. Sharing data across all PCs and devices is easier at home, in the office or on the go. Windows 7 and Windows Live help users stay connected to the people and things they care about, and Internet Explorer 8 offers a fast and productive Web experience.
  • Make new things possible. Windows 7 offers more choice in how users interact with their PCs, including the use of multitouch gestures. With Device Stage, Windows 7 enables people to get more from the devices they use most often with their PC, such as cameras, phones and printers. Windows 7 also will make it easier to use home audio-video systems and other networked media devices to play music, watch videos and display photos that reside on Windows-based PCs. And Windows 7 will offer more options than ever to customize and personalize Windows-based PCs with styles that match the user's personality.

Several features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 can also help create new efficiencies for customers, including:

  • Branch Cache: Enables customers to improve their user productivity in remote offices by minimizing download wait times while also reducing Wide Area Network (WAN) bandwidth consumption between the datacentre and branch offices. The result is a significant reduction in networking costs, as most organizations pay for bandwidth by the byte.
  • DirectAccess: Allows remote workers to remotely connect to their work environment as if they were on the corporate network. It also lets IT administrators manage those PCs as if they were on premise, without the use of a VPN, resulting in greater flexibility for remote workers and reduced office costs.
  • Remote Desktop Services: Terminal Services, renamed Remote Desktop Services from Windows Server 2008 R2 onwards, enables administrators to present users with the individual applications and data they require to complete their task, or the whole remote desktop. From a user perspective, improvements in RDS enable these applications to integrated seamlessly—looking, feeling and behaving like local applications.

About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca. For more information on Windows 7, please visit www.microsoft.ca/everybodysbusiness/windows7 or follow the conversation on Twitter using #cdnwin7.

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