Dell officials are offering a host of services aimed at helping businesses migrate to the much-anticipated Windows 7 OS from Microsoft. Included in the services is help in determining whether a business is ready to make the move, which of their systems will run Windows 7 and which of their applications are compatible with the operating system. In addition, Dell has started taking preorders for Latitude laptops, OptiPlex desktops and Precision workstations that will come with Windows 7.
Dell is offering new services designed to help businesses migrate to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system.
At the same time, Dell officials said that their Latitude laptops,
OptiPlex desktops and Precision workstations will be available with
Windows 7 when the OS is released Oct. 22, and that customers can start
preordering commercial systems with the operating system immediately.
Dell customers are anxious to adopt Windows 7, but are unsure about
the steps to take to the make the migration, according to Don Mann,
vice president and general manager of Dell Global Services.
"Some are concerned because deploying a new client platform
historically requires a significant investment of time and resources,"
Mann said in a statement.
Dell's new services, announced Oct. 16, are designed to ease some of those concerns.
The company's Windows 7 Readiness Assessment helps businesses
understand what is needed and what the challenges are around a
migration to the new OS. IT also helps customers develop a plan.
Dell representatives also will help businesses determine which
systems are capable of running Windows 7, which applications are
compatible with the OS and how the migration will impact businesses
processes and IT infrastructures.
The new offerings come as Dell officials push to grow the company's services capabilities. Dell in September announced it was buying services company Perot Systems
for $3.9 billion as it looks to better compete with the likes of IBM and Hewlett-Packard in the services space.
Windows 7 is expected to be a key driving in reviving a PC market
was hard hit in the wake of the global recession. However, PC demand
among consumers seems to be picking up, according to analyst firms and
executives from such IT vendors as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.
They also expect that many businesses that have been reluctant to
refresh their aging fleets of PCs will look to do so in 2010 as the
economic recovery takes hold and the qualifying of Windows 7 is