You might be wondering why am I taking the time to blog about Microsoft Windows 7. The reason is because I am absolutely thrilled with Microsoft’s latest Operating System.
Not only is the performance exceptionally better than any of the previous operating systems, but the updated features significantly improve my ability to get my work done more quickly. I am able to spend more of my available working hours completing work related activities and responsibilities which results in improved productivity. I actually look forward to what I am going to discover next that will help me work more quickly and efficiently rather than wondering when I might experience the next potential OS or software delay or crash.
The Action Center is one example of a new feature I use several times a week. Here is a screen shot:
So what’s so great about this feature? Well, with just a few mouse clicks, I have a solution to an issue downloaded and installed. Yes, that’s right, in case you didn’t catch it the first time; in less than 3 mouse clicks, depending on the issue, I have a solution downloaded and installed. That doesn’t just apply to Microsoft software. It applies to third-party applications like Skype, Adobe and other commonly used software as well as hardware and drivers.
In order to find the solution, I simply select the View Message Details button from the Action Center or select the Action Center icon from my Taskbar……
Taskbar icon for the message Center
Result when icon is selected
……… and voila, I have a link to the exact solution I need to address the issue. All I need to do is select the link provided, download and install the solution.
What I no longer have to spend time doing is search the Internet with cryptic error message phrases, continually modify the phrase to try and find a more relevant result set, dig through irrelevant posts, or try using the link from the error message in the Application Log “For more information, see Help and Support Center” (which never seems to have a solution for the issues I encounter, sorry Microsoft but its true) until I simply surrender because I can’t find a solution, so I can get back to work .
The time and frustration I save with this new feature alone is well worth the price of the Operating System and this is only one of several features that I really like. My computer runs better, I have fewer issues, I have considerably more time to spend on more important tasks and everyone I know who has installed Windows 7 is just as happy as I am.
For me, it is a huge Win / Win success story! Not only am I able to spend my time on work related tasks, but my work morale is improved because my system is more reliable. Who would have thought that Microsoft could impact the employee morale of a ‘non’ Microsoft employee. Well, Windows 7 did just that for me!
For all you Dynamics CRM implementers, administrators, end users, etc., I encourage you to update to Windows 7 because regardless of the role you play, your experience and interaction with the Dynamics CRM application and your end user’s experience will quantifiably improve.
My hat’s off to the Microsoft Team, you nailed it!