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As IVS you may be approaching your customers to talk about the value of you supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. And for that discussion, you may be looking for resources that describe the value proposition for your customers.
Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date.
So what is story that applies for your customers?
If you need to test Windows 7 in your environment-and ensure that your applications and hardware are ready-you can still download the Release Candidate (RC) anytime before August 20, 2009. Got the RC and need help? Experts on the Windows 7 Forums can help answer your questions. The forums also give you a way to share what you've learned with other people. In the US, join Front Runner.
Here’s the short story with links for you to dive deeper into the value specifically for your customers.
Value for IT Departments:
Windows 7 Value for Enterprise Customers
Windows 7 Value for Small Businesses
In this four-part of this series, we explored the business reasons to support Windows 7 and how you can be sure your application is compatible, three features you should incorporate right away, and how you can lead your marketplace by adopting Windows 7 features.
You can light up your own features in Windows 7. Here’s the features described in these posts:
You can see the series of videos on MSDEV, A Developer's First Look at Windows 7.
The key technology investments in Windows Server 2008 R2 include:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Resources includes guides, documents for each major feature, presentations, newsgroups and forums.
Reviewers guide goes into depth about each feature.
Here are the highlights of Windows Server 2008 R2 for ISVs and developers to exploit in your applications.
For more details about each of the features, see How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features.
You can get started getting ready for Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit.
Also, see Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 series of videos for developers on MSDEV.
Sign up for the new Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Front Runner program. Front Runner is an early adopter program for ISVs in the US that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies. Front Runner provides you with access to Microsoft experts who can answer your questions and to training courses on developing for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Once you tell us that your application is compatible, you’ll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know you’re a Front Runner, including customizable marketing and PR campaigns as well as listings in Microsoft directories that are viewed by millions of people.
For ISVs outside the United States, you can participate in ISV App Compat.
A great way to keep up with what's going on is to sign up for one of our free newsletters. Not only will you get the scoop on the Windows 7 launch, you'll get useful news throughout the year.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation