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    What features are in which version of Windows 7?

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    I’m sure this list is out on the web somewhere, but just in case you’ve not seen it in this easy-to-read format before, below is my list of the features of each version of Windows 7. I think this will help you to work out which one is right for your school:

    • Windows 7 Home Premium is the retail version. It doesn’t allow network login (called Domain Join), so it’s unsuitable for college-based computers, and unlikely to be useful for student laptops owned by the college, unless you don’t plan to manage them or connect them up to your network except via the web. It is also unable to run XP Mode, which might be useful for some of your older software.
      And it’s probably the one on laptops your staff/students buy themselves.
    • Windows 7 Professional is the minimum version you’ll need in-college as it has network domain join and XP Mode.
    • Windows 7 Enterprise is the right version if you believe that you should be encrypting any laptops used by staff (this is something I believe strongly!), because it comes with BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. And in addition it also adds AppLocker – which you may want on all of your devices too.
    • Windows 7 Ultimate is in the table below for completeness, but you are only likely to get this version if you buy it in a retail store with it pre-installed (which is an expensive way to get the functionality in Enterprise or Professional edition)

    See below the table for my “How to Buy Windows 7” guide

    What features are in which version of Windows 7?

    Features

    Home Premium

    Professional

    Enterprise

    Ultimate

    32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Create and Join a Home Group

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Tablet PC Functionality

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Multiple Monitor Support

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Document Libraries

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Fast User Switching

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Search

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Mobility Center

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Aero, Taskbar, & Jump Lists

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Live Thumbnail Previews

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Multi-Touch

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Premium Games Included

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Media Center

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Create & Play DVDs

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Device Stage

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Action Center

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Encrypting File System

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Location Aware Printing

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Remote Desktop Host

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Domain Join & Group Policy Controls

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows XP Mode

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    AppLocker

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    BitLocker & BitLocker to Go

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    BranchCache

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    DirectAccess

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA)

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Enterprise Search Scopes

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Multilingual User Interface Language Packs (MUI)

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Licence Rights for 4 Windows Virtual Machines

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Virtual Hard Disk Booting

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Volume Activation

    No

    No

    Yes

    No

    Licence Rights for Network Booting of Windows

    No

    No

    Yes

    No

    How to buy Windows 7 for your college

    So now you’ve worked out which version you want, you may want to know the best way to buy the right version!

    Existing computers

    • For any existing computers running any version of Windows XP or Windows Vista, you are probably already covered for the upgrades to Windows 7 Enterprise on your Campus Agreement. If you don’t have a Campus Agreement, or you need to buy some extras for staff laptops, you can buy a Windows 7 upgrade on a Select licence. If it’s basic Select, the upgrade is to Windows 7 Professional, with the Software Assurance option, you’ll get Windows 7 Enterprise.

    New computers

    • For Professional edition, you can either buy a new PC with it pre-installed, or buy a PC with Windows 7 Home Premium, and then add an upgrade (again, if you have a Campus Agreement this upgrade will already be included in it for you).
    • For Enterprise edition, the best way is to buy a new PC with Windows 7 Home Premium, and then upgrade via your Campus Agreement , or with the Select licence plus Software Assurance (which gives you the right to keep upgrading, and adds the Enterprise features)

    Here’s some links to find out more about Campus Agreement, Select Licences and Software Assurance.

    Your existing Microsoft partner will be able to give you a quote. I’ve just checked on the Pugh site*, and they quote £43 for a Select Windows 7 Professional upgrade.

    * Pugh is one of our partners, but there are plenty of others. You can find them all on our website

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    The Saïd Business School website in SharePoint

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    When I wrote about the Brighstarr “How to build rich and interactive websites for education” event being held on 4th November, it was in advance of the new Saïd Business School website actually going live. Which meant he couldn’t point to what had been done.

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    Now however, you can visit the website, on the University of Oxford domain, at http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx. I’m really impressed with the way that they have managed to squeeze so much content in, with very easy navigation.

    It’s definitely worth a visit if you are thinking of pepping up your own website. And perhaps putting time aside to visit the event in London, to meet the minds behind it.

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    South West Windows 7 event in Bristol

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    Trinity Expert Systems, one of our Gold Certified Partners, is running a free Windows 7 Preview Workshop next Thursday, 15th October. Some colleges have already started deploying Windows 7 widely, and I’m sure that many of you will be evaluating it even before it’s official launch on 22nd October.

    There’ll be experts at the workshop from both Trinity and Microsoft, and it runs for the whole afternoon – starting at 12:30 and running through until 4:30.

    The agenda is packed into the afternoon, so you can definitely be sure that you’ll leave with a brainfull of information.

    12:30 Arrival & Coffee
    12:45 Desktop O/S Strategy and Vision
    1:15 Lunch
    1:45 New Features
    2:15 Planning and Assessment Strategies
    2:45 Coffee Break
    3:00 Deployment Strategies
    3:45 Windows 7 ‘Hands On’
    4:15 Trinity Windows 7 Assessment Days
    4:30 Close

    You can find out more, and book your attendance on Trinity’s website

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    Special Student Deals on Office and Windows

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    image You know what it’s like – you have a brilliant plan, and then something gets in the way. And this term, we’d hatched a brilliant plan to launch our Ultimate Steal offer on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Which is why we went with a nice Piratey theme for the launch. Oh, how we were going to laugh – with plenty of piratey jokes, piratey blog posts and other such sea-shanty-silliness. (We’d done our homework on the UK Yarr site, international talklikeapirate.com and the facebook group)

    But ‘twas all blown to smithereens when ITLAP day was a Saturday. “Shiver me timbers!” said the crew of the vessel HMS Office, “We can’t be launching a campaign on the high seas on a Saturday.” And no amount of treasure could change their course. And so it quietly slipped out of port on the 17th September instead, and sailed into the wide blue yonder.

    But it did at least get going – and we launched the Ultimate Steal offer of Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 - only available to students and staff with a .ac.uk email address. And this year, it will stay available permanently, not as a short-term offer

    But what was even better is that our friends on HMS Windows also set sail on a Windows 7 offer for staff and students, with a special price of £29.99 until the end of December.

    You can get both offers on our website at www.ultimatesteal.co.uk

    ps if you want to tell your staff and students about it, there’s a sample email here, and there are some less piratical graphics on this SkyDrive link.

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    A free seminar on How to Build Rich and Interactive Websites for Education and Research

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    imageThe University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School recently asked BrightStarr, one of our education partners, to create a website that would help it promote its courses and research. The Business School wanted a rich and engaging website that would capture imagination and make it easier to communicate with stakeholders.

    By building the site in Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007, not only does the Business School get a functionally rich internet site, the powerful collaboration and document management features in SharePoint support the complex information needs of administration and research workers.

    BrightStarr are hosting a seminar in our offices in central London, in partnership with speakers from the Saïd Business School, Playgroup and from Microsoft (including my trusty colleague Dominic Watts, our Higher Education Business Manager) on 4 November 2009 to demonstrate how you can use SharePoint to build a great looking and functionally rich content managed website that will help you connect with students and staff, and support the work of research teams.

    Judging by their funky website design, it should be an interesting and informative session, with real world examples of SharePoint as a content management system, and detail on what has been achieved at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

    The event starts at 10:00 and finishes at lunchtime, so it leaves plenty of time to travel up/down/across to London on the 4th.

    To find out more, and to book your place, pop over to BrightStarr’s website.

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