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INSIGHT: Experts sound off on Microsoft's new offerings
They're here: Windows 7, Exchange Server 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Get key feature highlights and check out what the experts at SOS and Microsoft are saying... no sales fluff allowed!

Windows 7
As the next-generation operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7 opens new development, sales, and services opportunities for businesses. 

Key features include:
 w  Improved security ('Direct Access', allows secure access to corporate data without VPN. 'Bit Locker' encrypts hard drive; protects against theft.)
 w  Improvements to the desktop interface (Aero Peek, a more powerful taskbar, can hide icons & widgets, etc.)
 w  Media Player enhancements
 w  XP Mode (allows users to still run programs that not ready for Windows 7)

Save money with a speedy start-up!
In a recent study, users found that start-up time averaged 4-5 minutes with XP Pro. With Windows 7 operating system start-up time is reduced to 1 minute or less! Saving 4 minutes per employee, a day translates to over $1,600 per employee, per year. For a 100-person organization, that equates to over $160,000 in annual savings.

"Two out of every three small to medium-sized businesses plan to deploy Windows 7 within 18 months."
-Subhash Jawahrani, Microsoft

"Windows 7 Ultimate is definitely worth the upgrade. Specifically for the bitlocker functionality which protects your hard drive from being used in another system. If you or anyone you know has had their laptop stolen, you understand what a huge relief it is knowing your data is secure. I have been quite happy with 7."
- Jim Bass, Advanced Network Engineer, SOS

Exchange 2010
In a time when every organization needs the most cost-effective and flexible communication tools available, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 delivers new features that simplify administration, help protect communications, and delight users by providing anywhere access to communications.

Key features include:
 w  Reduction in hardware needs
 w  Easier administration
 w  Ease of migration/upgrade from Exchange 2003 or 2007
 w  Backwards compatibility

"Pairing Windows 7 with Exchange 2010 just makes sense. From an administration & management perspective, things are simplified. This also sets the stage for a better user experience."
- Jim Bass, Advanced Network Engineer, SOS

Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 increases the reliability and flexibility of server infrastructures. With new virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration, Windows Server 2008 R2 can help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center.

"Now that SharePoint with Workflow Foundation is included with Windows Server 2008 R2, organizations can launch this collaboration portal without the hefty licensing costs."
- Rob Thornton, Microsoft Division Manager, SOS

Join us for Lunch & More
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, SOS is committed to deploying stable & effective Microsoft solutions. We offer extensive industry knowledge and years of experience.

Interested in attending our lunch and learn event in March 2010, to learn more about the new Microsoft products? Contact us to reserve your seat today. And stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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