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Microsoft Canada

June 17, 2010 09:00 ET

Canadian Businesses Help Make Windows 7 the Fastest Adopted Microsoft OS Yet

Local Companies Aren't Waiting for Service Pack 1 to Deploy Windows 7

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) -

Editors Note: There are three videos associated with this Press Release.

Since Windows® 7 launched in October of 2009 it has seen phenomenal growth with more than 100 million licenses sold to date. This extraordinary growth includes Canadian businesses and organizations such as Ricoh Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, MMM Group and the City of London which are all reaping the benefits of the adoption of Windows 7.

Windows 7 delivers value across all sectors to businesses both big and small which is why Canadian organizations have been so quick to adopt it:

"The City of London [Ontario] began to roll out Windows 7 at the beginning of the year to improve the level of service we delivered to citizens. Even in the face of tightening budgets, the performance and flexibility of Windows 7 has enabled us to continue to reduce the cost of supporting desktop PC users, deliver services with enhanced security and efficiently," says Barry Heathers, Manager, Data Centre and Hardware Services, City of London.

"Rather than purchase new computers for Meadow Green Academy, ranging from $400 to $1,000 a piece, we upgraded the existing PCs with memory and video cards that cost roughly $100 per machine to support the move from Windows XP to Windows 7. Students and faculty immediately started to provide positive feedback around the speed of the new operating system which ran very smoothly on old hardware. We are still seeing solid ROI around giving our students an opportunity to grow their skills and allowing faculty to be more productive," Mitch Garvis, IT Consultant, Meadow Green Academy.

Microsoft Canada and Gartner Quotes:

Elliot Katz, Senior Product Manager of Windows Client, Microsoft Canada 

"Windows 7 is ready to deploy – customers like The City of London, Meadow Green Academy, MMM Group and Ricoh are doing it, Microsoft has the tools and infrastructure ready to make it fast and easy. At Microsoft we believe in the power of innovation. We believe in technology. Where the real magic happens is when this innovation happens in lockstep with technology partners and customers– and I think that's why we continue to see so much excitement for Windows 7. "

Steve Kleynhans, Research Vice President, Gartner

"As companies begin planning for emerging from the recession, they are examining their all aspects of their IT operations. Most are realizing that their current PC environments are in serious need of updating both in the hardware and operating system. We are in the early stages of a major PC upgrade cycle that will touch pretty much every business over the next few years and organizations need to begin planning and engineering work."

IT Pros Discuss Ease of Deployment of Windows 7:

Microsoft designed Windows 7 to work the way businesses want thanks to the largest beta testing program in the history of the industry, with 8 million testers worldwide resulting in more than 250,000 devices and 1.1 million applications that are compatible with Windows 7. Tune in to watch Canadian IT pros discuss how Windows 7 is helping making IT management easier as well as application and hardware compatibility best practises:

- Ease of IT Management http://bit.ly/bB0WwD

- Hardware Compatibility http://bit.ly/aRQoyk

- Application Compatibility http://bit.ly/cZpVnM

Supporting Resources:

- Bombardier Aerospace – Leading Aerospace Manufacturer Enhances Security, Reduces Costs with Operating System (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Windows-7-Enterprise/span-class-highlight-Bombardier-span-Aerospace/Leading-Aerospace-Manufacturer-Enhances-Security-Reduces-Costs-with-Operating-System/4000006572)

- Ricoh Company Ltd. - Manufacturer Aims to Reduce Costs by 30 Percent with New Operating System (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Windows-7-Enterprise/span-class-highlight-Ricoh-span-Company-Ltd/Manufacturer-Aims-to-Reduce-Costs-by- 30-Percent-with-New-Operating-System/4000006235)

- City of London - City of London enhances citizen service delivery with the help of Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005773)

- MMM Group - Engineering firm helps drive employee productivity and IT efficiency with Windows 7 (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005798)

- Windows 7 resources: www.microsoft.ca/windows7

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. 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.

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