Windows 7-A New Computing Experience



Microsoft Vista never made it big globally and in its soon to be
released Windows 7 OS, Microsoft is betting big and analysts are
claiming it to be one of the best after XP. What makes Windows 7 path
breaking is the clutter free GUI that is totally different from
Microsoft’s previous OS versions. To put it rather bluntly,
Windows 7 does not look like a traditional Windows OS most of us are
used to, what users gets in Windows 7 an experience of non Windows
software.  The case in the point is the unique difference one
gets as they start using Windows 7.

The
differentiators

Let’s look at the interface more closely. Windows 7 is a
multi-taskers delight and thanks to the   
pretty intelligent task bar options that enables running multiple
programs in a uncluttered way. For instance features like Aero Peek,
Aero Snap and Aero Shake allows the users to preview the opened files
and what it means
is that one can see it without really clicking on that file from the
task bar. Yet another difference one sees when the programs are reduced
it goes down in the task bar as a ‘square’ and not
as big ‘rectangle’ as one sees in XP or Vista. With
Active Peek enabled one can see thumbnails of applications that are
running.

What all these features means is intelligent management of many
applications that are open and one can seamlessly switch over to apps
like from excel to word to a media player without any hang issues.
Moreover if you have four browser tabs the user can preview all the
windows without opening the tab that is to be seen. Clearly all these
features will be appreciated by multi-tasking users. Another cool
features like ‘Sticky Notes” makes for creating
digital Post-its on ones desktop. Another high point in Windows 7 is
that its touch screen enabled and for the first time with Notebooks
with touch screens, one will be able to use the touch features in the
OS.
Yet another area Windows 7 score ahead is in managing the device
drivers. If you run Windows 7 on a Vista compatible machines, the
chances are you might not be requiring any drivers at all Win 7 will
configure most of the drivers automatically. In terms of Network
Access, the process involved in acquiring the network address and
configuring it to a LAN or Wireless access is really fast and Microsoft
has done a considerable tweak in discovering Wireless and network
access devices.

While right now Microsoft has released the Release Candidate version of
Windows 7, and even before the final version, the RC has got rave
reviews across the world. Apart from the ground up GUI changes, the
biggest performance tweak in Windows 7 is the speed. Compared to XP and
Vista, Windows seven is the fastest OS Microsoft has developed ever.
But while in Vista user need to undergo huge hardware upgrades and in
Windows 7, Microsoft has kept the hardware specs to the minimum- so if
you have a PC running 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 16 GB of available
disk space, a user can run Windows 7 without any issues. But right now
the default PC configuration being 2 GHz processor with 3GB RAM,
running Windows 7 would not be an issue at all.
Windows 7 would be available in seven flavours from Starter to the
Ultimate editions. Unlike previous editions, Win 7 will come in one DVD
disc and users just need to enter the version of the product key to
activate it. On the flipside, many in the industry feel that the end
user pricing for Windows 7 is very steep-with Ultimate retail price
expected at USD $ 319 and Home Premium version at  USD $199.

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