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The Windows 7 Reviews Are In

We’ve all heard positive anecdotal buzz about Windows 7. But what do the technical “experts” have to say about Microsoft’s new operating system? Here’s a sweeping look at reviews from CNet, PCMag and several other sites that have evaluated Windows 7. Here’s what the high-tech critics had to say.

Here Comes the Windows 7 Hardware

Now that Windows 7 is here, it begs the following question: What type of Windows 7 desktops, notebooks and netbooks are hitting the street? The answer: There’s no shortage of hardware from which to choose. Here’s a sampling of options we spotted…

Lenovo: Windows 7 Corrects Five Windows Vista Weaknesses

A lot of folks are quick to bash Windows Vista. But few people actually take the time to describe what went wrong with Windows Vista — and how Microsoft (and PC partners) hope to mitigate those problems with Windows 7. During a briefing Oct.

Mac Mini with OS X Server Targets Small Business

The latest fruit from the Apple tree is branching into the small business world: The new Mac Mini Server. It’s being advertised for home, office, retail, and small business use and includes Snow Leopard Server Unlimited Client version pre-installed. Apple sells that particular server OS stand-alone for $499, and the regular Mac Mini for $599.

Found: An Apple Managed Service Provider

While most of the managed services industry focuses on Windows systems, Forget Computers has bet its business on managed Apple Macintosh services. Founded in 1998 by Ben Greiner, Forget Computers made the transition to managed services in 2006. And so far, that bet is paying off well. Here’s some analysis.

HEIT Expecting Record Q4, Fueled By Managed Services

HEIT Expecting Record Q4, Fueled By Managed Services

For many companies, focusing on the financial services industry during the recession was a recipe for disaster. But if you take a closer look you can find managed service providers like HEIT — an MSPmentor 100 company — continuing to succeed where others have failed. Here’s the update. First a quick note: This article is […]

Meet Windows 7’s Best Friend

As Windows 7’s October 22 launch date approaches, Microsoft has started describing why its server counterpart — Windows Server 2008 R2 — could also be a hit with customers. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming in R2, and why VARs should care.

MSPs Not Falling for Apple — Yet

MSPs Not Falling for Apple — Yet

As Apple marches forward in the consumer market, we decided to check in with MSPs to see if they’re increasingly specializing in Apple products and/or Apple-related services. So far, major MSP and VAR peer groups — like HTG Peer Groups — say they aren’t seeing an uptick in demand for Apple-oriented solutions. But if you […]

Windows 7: No Rest for This VAR

Windows 7: No Rest for This VAR

Don’t tell Stephen Hall there’s no money in Windows 7 deployments. The CEO of District Computers LLC, a Microsoft Gold Partner, says his team is booked solid with Windows 7 deployments every weekend (except holidays) through January 2010. Why is Hall seeing so much demand for Microsoft’s new operating system — even before Windows 7 […]

Dell Mini 9 Netbook: Mac OS X Inside

Dell Mini 9 Netbook: Mac OS X Inside

The practice of putting Mac OS X on your vanilla computer is kind of old news. Since 2005, Intel code has been hacked and executed on gray boxes all over the world. But the Dell Mini 9 netbook falls into a special category of this kind of hacking. The Mini 9’s 8.9 inch form factor […]

Windows 7: Microsoft Gets Back on Track

Most people like to fix their mistakes, especially the big ones. Anyone who has had even a casual point-and-click encounter with Vista would know that, indeed, Microsoft made a blunder. But my experience with Windows 7 suggests Microsoft is back on track. Here’s what’s right with the new operating system.

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