Applies to: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
As I continue to speak to IT professionals and companies worldwide, two things become clear. First, IT pros need between 18 to 24 months to do a Windows 7 deployment from start to finish. On that note, the second thing is, if you were to start your deployment project on February 13th, with 784 days until the end of support for Windows XP, you would finish with less than 30 days to spare!
The toughest part of moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 is dealing with application compatibility issues. We have featured great articles on this topic from experts like Chris Jackson in past editions of the Insider, so this month I thought I would point out some key resources you may have forgotten about—or, perhaps, are not yet aware of.
Finally, here are some of my favorite blog posts, videos, tips, and tricks around application compatibility:
As you move forward with your Windows 7 deployments, let me know if any or all of these tools made a difference and saved you time, money, and some unnecessary headaches.
Stephen Rose is the Worldwide IT Pro Community Manager for the Windows Commercial team at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company. In his current role, he drives the overall strategy and content for Windows for IT Pros on TechNet, oversees the Windows 7 and 8 IT Pro forums, writes for the Windows Team Blog, and acts as moderator for Windows Virtual Roundtables. You can follow Windows for IT Pros via Twitter or follow Stephen directly @stephenlrose.