Windows 7 includes all of the security, reliability, compatibility, and manageability characteristics of its predecessor, a boot to IT pros and system administrators tasked with deploying and managing Windows in businesses of all sizes. But while Windows 7 improves on these features, it also includes major integration pieces with Windows Server, a first since the jointly released server and client versions of Windows 2000. No, there's nothing as monumental as the Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP) infrastructure that Microsoft created at that time. But the joint development of Windows Server 2008 R2 ("Windows 7 Server") and Windows 7 does provide for some interesting possibilities.
Here's what's happening for business users in Windows 7.
- BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
- Windows Search and search federation
- Branch Cache