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UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade migrates to Windows 7

UAE Ministry selects Windows 7 to improve security and cut costs

UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade migrates to Windows 7
The Ministry has moved over half of its users onto Windows 7 since November.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade has begun migration to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

The Ministry has Windows 7 running on 80 PCs, following a pilot in November last year, with plans to migrate all 150 users by June 2010.

There were several factors in the Ministry's decision to upgrade to Windows 7, including better security and productivity, and a desire to reduce costs by using built in security and power management functions.

HE Ali Al-Hameli, Executive Director of Institutional Services Support, Ministry of Foreign Trade for the United Arab Emirates said: "The Ministry of Foreign Trade is responsible for the regulation of foreign trade policies so we need to ensure that we use state-of-the art technology that provides advanced corporate data management and security and improves best practices.

"Windows 7 was the most obvious choice for its feature rich functionality and ability to deliver and manage user experiences and applications while increasing technological efficiency within the organization at reduced costs. We are very pleased with the way this new operating system works and look forward to working with Microsoft in the future," he added.

The Ministry will use Windows 7 security features such as BitLocker, for full-volume hard drive encryption, and BitLocker To Go which extends protection to removable storage devices, such as USB thumb drives; to both boost the security of their data, and to save from investing in standalone solutions. The Ministry also plans to utilize Windows 7 power management features to

"Our security standards are very high given the nature of our work and with Windows 7, we have the added benefit of implementing built-in security features that meet our high standards," added HE Ali Al-Hameli.

"Windows 7 delivers the fundamental performance, reliability and security features that organizations today are looking for. Additionally, businesses can expect significant advancements in their PC, server, web and application management infrastructure thereby delivering higher returns on investment. In the Gulf, we are seeing high levels of interest and adoption of Windows 7 by organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Trade that want to transform the way they manage their infrastructure. We commend the Ministry's vision for using the latest technologies and being one of the early adopters of Windows 7," saidWilson Xavier, Windows Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf.

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