Should You Upgrade to Windows 7 ? This is perhaps the most-talked about question about technology in most businesses recently, especially after the introduction ofVista. We can answer this question best by looking at the question from both technical and business points of view.. From a technical point of view, the best news aboutWindows 7 is that it runs extremely well even on outdated hardware. It was tested on a Pentium 4 C with 1 GB RAM as well as on one of the new notebooks in a lab, and it worked well on both, outperforming many other Operating Systems. Looking at performance Windows 7 provides a good reason for you to upgrade. From a features point of view, lets look at standalone vs a Windows R2 running on your network supporting your applications. If the standalone features meets your business needs,you have an easy choice. The BitLocker feature for example, might be good for laptop users from a data security point of view, while AppLocker would be helpful for better control over what can and cannot run on each system and the parameters you want to implement. What about the business facts you must consider? The launch of Windows 7 is coming at an opportune time when we are slowly coming out of the economic recession,have made operational efficiencies and are getting back on the growth track. During tougher times, IT budgets had been reduced, and organizations put all their hardware purchases on hold. It makes sense to get all newer more powerful machines with Windows 7. The requirements of your business integration require a good look at also. Are you integrating your telecom and business applications together in an integrated fashion? Current users of Windows XP who are not planning to replace their hardware, may not see this as the best time to upgrade to the new Windows 7. Win XP users will have to format their computers because they can’t directly upgrade to Windows 7. In either case, you would still have to check for application compatibility, and make sure that all your existing drivers work on the new OS. You should also review your existing network configurations to see if server upgrades would be needed.