Here is a fun post I put together for another site, but wanted to repost here, let me know what 2009 meant to you.

win7 When we look back at 2009 as IT Pros, it was the much anticipated arrival of Windows 7 in late October that drove a lot of our decisions on technology.  Not only for our business, but our friends and relatives.  How many of you loaded the beta and after playing with the beta early in the year told people to wait for the final release of Windows 7?  I know I counseled the many folks across the country on that very question.

Windows 7 represented a key OS for Microsoft not for us as a company but also to rebuild our street cred.  not only with you the IT Pro’s but also all of our customers.  I know the many times I hoped on a plane wearing my Windows logo shirts, and I heard the familiar phrase (or many, many  variations of it, some I cannot reprint here):

“Windows Vista is horrible”.  Which would always be followed up with a question from me: “Have you loaded it yet?”

Invariably the answer I got back was: “No but I heard from a friend of friend not to load it”

Now the experience for me on planes is different:

“I love Windows 7” and followed by a “Thank You” from me and normally a 2-4 hour (depending on flight time) demonstration on Windows 7.

So hopefully most of you have had some exposure to Windows 7.  If you are not sure if you are ready for Windows 7 take a look here: Are you ready for Windows 7, what about compatibility? 

However, if you only focused on Windows 7 you may have missed some other key releases like:

  • Halo ODST :-)
  • Exchange 2010
  • r2Windows Server 2008 R2

Especially as an IT Pro when you look at Windows Server 2008 R2, here is a server platform that can dramatically improve your server infrastructure not only from a functionality perspective with improvements like in Terminal Services (now called Remote Desktop Services), but also from a time saving perspective from utilities like the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC).  Windows Server 2008 R2 is loaded with all the tools to help save you time as an administrator.  With that said I think business will take a serious look at Windows Server 2008 R2 come the next year to help upgrading their older server infrastructure.

In addition to renewed focus on R2, I think next year will have two areas of focus.  First and were most of the focus will be is Deployment.  I think it is simply fantastic to find value in a new OS like Windows 7, but then the question is now what?  How do I get it successfully deployed  for my business.   To get a head start on deployment take a look here: Windows 7: Deployment 

Secondly, I think you will also see a new focus on Office and SQL with both of those products releasing sometime next year.  Also not to be left out our developer brethren will also have a new tool to play with, as Visual Studio will be launching as well.

I hope everyone had a safe year in 2009 and I hope you are looking forward to an exciting year coming in 2010.