Windows 7 Mobile Computing Office : A Primer

Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate come with a feature called Domain join which allows computers to join company networks easily and more securely while Bitlocker, another newcomer, ensure that data on the laptop or any portable storage devices is protected against loss and theft through encryption.

More and more businesses are considering laptops as an outright replacement for their employees' desktop computers as both platforms achieve price and performance parity.

With an increasingly mobile workforce and the imperative to be flexible workwise, it does make sense to evaluate the potential of such a paradigm shift, one which gets rid of the desktop and makes the laptop your main computer.

Microsoft latest operating system, Windows 7, makes it easier than ever before with a combination of nifty features and support for the latest technologies available on the market.

The first step to consider when making such a move is to evaluate whether your employees may actually need a laptop or will feel comfortable with using it as their main computer.

Providing them with such a tool may actually enhance their productivity as they may consider doing light work during their commute like checking their emails or penning a quick memo.

But this will mean setting up a wireless network and get additional peripherals like USB hubs or USB screens to make the most of device.

Next, it is critical to evaluate your company's information infrastructure. Many small businesses like Net Communities, the publishers of ITProportal, are gradually migrating from a fat client configuration to a thin client model, both to streamline their work processes, improve efficiency and simplify their cost structures.

This means relying less on actual resources available on the computer itself and more on the overall company's infrastructure. In concrete terms, it means for example that your laptop's hard drive doesn't need to be humongous.

Instead, employees can use remote resources, loosely associated with the term "cloud storage" to fulfill their storage demands and they will not even need to learn new ropes; instead, the infrastructure will have to adapt.

For example, using automated backup solutions like Carbonite, means that data can be saved remotely without human intervention in a transparent way at regular intervals.

Furthermore, the need to stay connected all the time becomes vital, meaning for example that the company may have to get mobile broadband packages for employees which can be had for as little as £90 per annum with a 1GB monthly data quota.

There's also the fact that some entreprises rely on advanced security authentication systems that need always on connectivity, something that roaming broadband services cannot offer.

Finally, firms looking to go down this avenue may also need to modify their employees terms and conditions to make sure that they respect intellectual property, privacy rules as well as fair usage policy when provided with work laptops; these will certainly need to be covered with a comprehensive insurance that includes theft and accident.

Windows 7 have a number of features that can help the end-users and the system administrators manage their working environment.

Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate come with a feature called Domain join which allows computers to join company networks easily and more securely while Bitlocker, another newcomer, ensure that data on the laptop or any portable storage devices is protected against loss and theft through encryption.

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