The free Windows 7 ride will continue into 2011, at least for four additional months. Microsoft will keep supplying customers with free copies of the latest iteration of the Windows client for evaluation purposes.

Following the release of Windows 7, the Redmond company began offering the RTM bits for testing, intent on reaching as broad an audience of IT professionals as possible, but not really restricting downloads in any way.

For this, the software giant had set up the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial site and associated downloads.

As 2010 comes to an end, Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial downloads get another reprieve from Microsoft, as they were planned to expire on December 31st. 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 »

Experience in technology and a track record in the industry are the two things that best recommend Microsoft to serve the needs of educational organizations, in the view of the company. The software giant is offering a new resource available free of charge designed to underline the importance of including technology into the educational process. The Windows 7 Optimized Desktop for Education Ebook is available online, but users will need Silverlight in order to access the contents, as Microsoft has leveraged its alternative to Adobe Flash in order to bring the resource to the public. Of course, Windows 7 is at the core of the Redmond company’s Optimized Desktop for Education vision.

Microsoft is essentially inviting educators to transform desktop infrastructure, as they are constantly pressured to do more with less resources. In this sense, Information technology needs to be enabling, efficient and responsible while driving productivity, collaboration and delivering flexibility. 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 »