Windows 7 Vs. Windows XP

Since the release of Windows 7, there have been a ton of comparisons between Windows 7 and Windows XP. While it may not be fair to compare the latest OS from Microsoft to their 10 year old OS, but comparing to Vista doesn’t seem to make much sense….we all know how well accepted it was.

Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7

Most of the independent comparisons will show mixed results. In other words, will upgrading your older Windows XP PC to Windows 7 make it perform better? Well….maybe. Keep in mind these are controlled benchmark comparisons looking at CPU useage, caching, memory consumption and launch times.

Like most of you, I’ve read these comparison results and tilted my head at them like a dog listening to a strange sound. It’s not that I don’t understand them, but I figure their controlled environments have sullied their results…if that’s even possible. Quite frankly, my experience has been that Windows 7 breathes new life into old machines. I had the opportunity to put my beliefs to the test again last week when I got my hands on an older HP 2140 netbook running XP with sloth like tendencies.

I remember thinking when this model first came out that it was a pretty neat netbook. As with all technology there have been great improvements in processor speed, on board memory, and hard drive options in the netbook class of computers since the release of the 2140. And, quite frankly, the 2140 running Windows XP now in my hands runs like a tired horse in the mud compared to an HP 2102 running Windows 7. Continue reading “Windows 7 Vs. Windows XP” »

The HP Slate Truly Exists … soon

I have several clients interested in the HP Slate 500 tablet. And, I  truly intend to have one in my hands very soon so those clients can run the slate through its paces.  I’ve got people in distribution facilities across the country ready to pick one off the shelf and send it to me….as soon as it hits their shelf.

HP Slate 500

HP Slate 500

If you recall, It was originally unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES in January of this year…then HP went quiet on the slate’s existence. As a matter of fact, there were all kinds of speculation about the slate being discontinued or being replaced with something else.  Frankly, I think they put it on a slow burning back burner while they waited to see how the iPad did in the market.

The Slate 500 headed my way is sporting Windows 7 Professional, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB HD and an 8.9-inch display. It comes with a 3-megapixel camera and an integrated VGA Webcam.

I see plenty of benefits for a device like this in an active directory environment….or shall I say enterprise. Being able to manage these through Group Policy and natively run Windows apps is a big plus over the Android or Apple OS.

Truly the proof is in the pudding….er….slate. I’ll let you know when it shows up.

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