Thursday, October 29, 2009

Windows 7 launch Welcome

By Brenda Zulu

Windows Vista was not very well taken in the market by consumers at the official launch of Windows 7 launched after their product review of every 3 to 4 years.

“Windows Vista was not very well taken in the market,” said Andrew Waititu Microsoft License Compliance Manager for East and Southern Africa.

Speaking in a interview, Waititu said Microsoft has had one of the biggest test users on Windows 7 of about more than 8 million people from the market and feels that this is what has built Microsoft.

“I have been using the product for 6 months. The management of power on my laptop is much better and accessing of documents is much easier. The search engine is also very good as it brings up everything in the,” explained Waititu.

Meanwhile a test user of Windows 7, Rex Mumba an IT proffessional found Windows 7 painless to install.

"Out-of-the-box driver support on our test machine was perfect, and it took only half an hour and two quick reboots to begin running a stable desktop environment, though we wondered why Windows 7 created a 200MB partition in addition to its main partition. The 33MB of updates quickly came down the pipe upon loading the desktop," he said.

Mumba explained that Windows 7 power-management technologies has provided the platform and processor efficiencies that reduce power consumption, helping lower energy costs.

In a Press release, Windows 7 for installation on new computers and for purchase was in computer retailers across Zambia. Windows 7 is Microsoft's newest version of its popular Windows desktop operating system, which promises to be the best yet to be distributed by the company.

More than a billion people around the world, of every language and every culture, use Windows every day at work, at home and on the go.

As each version of Windows was released over the years, more features, better ways of working together with team members, staying in touch with friends and family, and general computer usage have been refined and simplified to allow almost anyone to quickly learn how to use a computer.

With Windows 7, Microsoft has taken this level of improvement one step further. A billion Windows users worldwide gave Microsoft a great opportunity to listen and learn. That is how the company developed Windows 7.

"Windows 7 represents years of in-depth listening to our customers and partners around the globe, and is the most well-researched, well-planned Windows release ever," said Louis Otieno, Country Manager for Microsoft East and Southern Africa.


"In fact 91% of Windows 7 Release Candidate testers told us they would recommend Windows 7 - we are incredibly excited and humbled at the response so far," he added.

No matter where users intend utilising Windows 7, it has something for everyone:

For consumers - Microsoft designed Windows 7 to be more reliable, more responsive, and to make the things customers do every day easier.

For small to medium sized businesses - Windows 7 is the best operating system for work, whether people work from their company office, from home or on the go. Windows 7 works the way you want, enables you to get more done and keeps your work safe.
- For enterprises - Windows 7 was designed to meet the rigorous demands of the enterprise. It makes users productive anywhere, delivers enhanced security and control to reduce risk, and streamlines PC manageability to reduce costs.

Microsoft's partners in Zambia who sell and distribute Windows 7 are excited at the opportunities Windows 7 will bring.

Microsoft has developed different versions of Windows 7 to cater to for the different things people want to do with their PC:

Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic - ideal for first-time PC-buyers or those looking to purchase a PC loaded with Windows 7 on a budget.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tweeting the Media4Dev seminar

By Brenda Zulu

I am here in Brussels blogging a seminar on the role of the media in development. It has been a good experience. We did a lot of micro blogging, vlogging and we created a few Pod Casts and we had a lot of responses from people who were following the conference online.

It has also been live experince and we have learnt a lot and we are getting better everytime. http://annualseminar2009.cta.int/blog