Moving to Windows 7 enables organizations to realize great user productivity and IT benefits. In this article, I wanted to share information about the security benefits, and specifically, seven practices and easy to configure policies that can make your desktop environment safer and more controlled.
1. Control your desktop network access. Windows 7 enhances the firewall and provides granular control over inbound and outbound connections based on where the user is: domain (work), private (home), and public, including determining notification levels for the user. A little-known fact is that, with Windows7, there is a new capability that enables having more than one profile active. Because users typically connect to both local network (work or home) as well as the Internet (public), different rules should apply. Simply type “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” on your Start menu to see the options. All firewalls events can be viewed in the monitoring tab and aggregated through Windows Event Log. Learn more More »
Microsoft officials advise business users not to postpone their Windows 7 deployments and start testing IE9 beta, despite speculations on the release of the final version of Internet Explorer 9, early in spring 2011.
Yesterday, September 21, Rich Reynolds, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Marketing, posted the company’s latest Windows 7 deployment guidance to the Windows for Your Business blog.
He says that there is a lot of positive feedback from Windows 7 users, as well from businesses like BMW, Intel, Pella Corporation and Expedia, who use Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows Optimized Desktop.
Reynolds also declares himself satisfied and encouraged by the results from a recent IDC study, which show that almost all enterprise companies surveyed (89%), are continuing their Windows 7 plans and 64% of them are already deploying Windows 7 or will migrate in the next six months. More »
Microsoft is upping the ante when it comes down to desktop optimization for Windows clients. The public Beta program for Windows Intune is now live, the first step in the company’s vision to introduce new offerings designed to take desktop management into the Cloud. Designed to streamline the administration of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP seats, Windows Intune is designed to ‘tune up’ Windows clients, boosting efficiency, security, while helping business customers cut down the TCO (total cost of ownership). In this regard, Windows Intune has been created for small and midsize businesses, with environments featuring anywhere from 25 to 500 PCs.
“Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—making it easier for IT staff to manage and secure PCs from virtually anywhere. In addition to the core cloud service in this offering, we’re also providing access to Windows 7 Enterprise upgrades as well as advanced on-premise management and virtualization tools (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack),” Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, revealed. More »