5 Free Podcast Resources To Discover, Improve & Make The Most Of Windows 7

There are dozens of podcasts online that talk about Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and, surprise, surprise, there's even a couple direct from Microsoft.

Last week, Cnet Download.com dedicated a whole session of its Real Deal podcast to Windows 7 and explored the forthcoming operating system in a special 42 minutes episode. In it, Tom Merritt and Rafe Needleman dissected Microsoft's latest OS and looked at some of its new features like Home group, Aero Peek (and other User Interface Tweaks), Device Stage and Windows Media Player. They do point up at some of the good things with Windows 7, like the sleep mode, the fact that it appears to be more stable than ever and more secure and Windows 7 wider driver compatibility. You can listen to the podcast and even view the video http://www.cnet.com/8301-17920_1-10376117-84.html here.

Some Technet professionals have put together a pair of podcasts on iTunes that focus on the more serious, administrative aspects of Windows 7, namely the ins and outs of connecting remotely using Windows 7 Direct Access and how to optimize Windows 7 with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Whilst the IT Professionals will be more than content with the amount of information included in them, it is actually the poor quality of the podcasts that might deter a few. The two podcasts, which last almost two hours altogether, were produced over the phone. You can find both podcasts on iTunes by looking for "Windows 7".

Business Week Magazine recently dedicated two podcasts as part of its Technology & You to Windows 7. The more interesting of the two called "Windows 7 : A Rough Road to An Upgrade", sets the record straight as to the various steps that need to be followed to get the best out of Windows 7. Part of the discussion focuses on upgrading from Windows XP - something that many, including me, are going to or have taken already - and the implications of adopting Windows 7 64-bit. A fast pace, well produced podcast which can be downloaded http://www.businessweek.com/mediacenter/podcasts/techmaven/techandu_09_03_09.htm here.

Computer manufacturers are betting that Windows 7 will provide a massive boost towards the end of the year and improve their fortunes. Dell has produced an interesting podcast called "How to Be Ready for Windows 7" which sheds some light on how Windows 7 will improve the life of IT Professionals by helping them to lower operating costs, enhance security and simplify both systems administration and management. The podcast also explores best practices to migrate current platforms to Windows 7. You can get the podcast from Webbuyersguide.com although you will need to register for a free http://www.webbuyersguide.com/resource/podcast/14910/How-to-Be-Ready-for-Windows-7 membership.

Last but certainly not least is Microsoft's own official series of podcasts that covers Windows 7. It is a shame really that Microsoft has not put those podcasts (except two of them) on iTunes yet. The http://www.microsoft.com/events/podcasts/default.aspx?topic=&audience=&view=&pageId=x73&seriesID=Series-acd4d6bf-efe0-4f7e-a1f6-13eecb0b28d6.xml 26 podcasts in the series are specifically targetted at IT Professionals and covers a number of themes like making your data on Windows 7 more secure using BitLocker and BitLocker To Go or Planning and Deployment tools within Windows 7. The podcasts - which last up to two hours - go into significant details and require, of the listener, not only a fair amount of concentration but also prior knowledge of the Windows platform.

There are dozens of podcasts online that talk about Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and, surprise, surprise, there's even a couple direct from Microsoft.

Last week, Cnet Download.com dedicated a whole session of its Real Deal podcast to Windows 7 and explored the forthcoming operating system in a special 42 minutes episode. In it, Tom Merritt and Rafe Needleman dissected Microsoft's latest OS and looked at some of its new features like Home group, Aero Peek (and other User Interface Tweaks), Device Stage and Windows Media Player.

They do point up at some of the good things with Windows 7, like the sleep mode, the fact that it appears to be more stable than ever and more secure and Windows 7 wider driver compatibility. You can listen to the podcast and even view the video here.

Some Technet professionals have put together a pair of podcasts on iTunes that focus on the more serious, administrative aspects of Windows 7, namely the ins and outs of connecting remotely using Windows 7 Direct Access and how to optimize Windows 7 with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

Whilst the IT Professionals will be more than content with the amount of information included in them, it is actually the poor quality of the podcasts that might deter a few. The two podcasts, which last almost two hours altogether, were produced over the phone. You can find both podcasts on iTunes by looking for "Windows 7".

Business Week Magazine recently dedicated two podcasts as part of its Technology & You to Windows 7. The more interesting of the two called "Windows 7 : A Rough Road to An Upgrade", sets the record straight as to the various steps that need to be followed to get the best out of Windows 7.

Part of the discussion focuses on upgrading from Windows XP - something that many, including me, are going to or have taken already - and the implications of adopting Windows 7 64-bit. A fast pace, well produced podcast which can be downloaded here.

Computer manufacturers are betting that Windows 7 will provide a massive boost towards the end of the year and improve their fortunes.

Dell has produced an interesting podcast called "How to Be Ready for Windows 7" which sheds some light on how Windows 7 will improve the life of IT Professionals by helping them to lower operating costs, enhance security and simplify both systems administration and management.

The podcast also explores best practices to migrate current platforms to Windows 7. You can get the podcast from Webbuyersguide.com although you will need to register for a free membership.

Last but certainly not least is Microsoft's own official series of podcasts that covers Windows 7. It is a shame really that Microsoft has not put those podcasts (except two of them) on iTunes yet.

The 26 podcasts in the series are specifically targetted at IT Professionals and covers a number of themes like making your data on Windows 7 more secure using BitLocker and BitLocker To Go or Planning and Deployment tools within Windows 7.

The podcasts - which last up to two hours - go into significant details and require, of the listener, not only a fair amount of concentration but also prior knowledge of the Windows platform.