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 After playing with Windows 7 for the last 48 hours, my first reaction is this is what Vista should have been!  Overall, it isn't that much different than Windows Vista. If you have used Vista before, you will quickly be at home with Windows 7. Most of the changes are very subtle.

I was able to get my hands on the final Windows 7 release early because VinSolutions is a Microsoft Partner, so of course we get all the cool toys early. Windows 7 will be widely available October 22nd, 2009.

Windows 7 was designed to run on the netbooks that are all the rage these days. So it has been tweaked to be faster and use less RAM. It is noticeably snappier on my laptop and it comes out of hibernation much faster. The system requirements from Microsoft only say 1GB of RAM and a 1ghz processor. These are actually the same requirements Vista had, but Windows 7 should run a little faster than Vista did.

If the software you currently use works fine with Vista, you should be OK with upgrading to Windows 7. However, if you have Windows XP now and have never used Vista, you may still have a bumpy road ahead of you with making sure all of your applications will run on Windows 7. Be sure to check with your vendors before you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.

The biggest concern with switching to Windows 7 will be the new Internet Explorer 8. Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 and a lot of web applications that are used by dealerships still don't support Internet Explorer 8 or other browsers. These vendors need to get in gear and upgrade their sites to work with Internet Explorer 8. In a couple months dealerships will have a hard time buying a computer that doesn’t come with Windows 7.

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Matt Watson
VinSolutions (Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer)
Automotive CRM Software, Inventory Management & Custom Dealer Website solutions provider
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