11/09/09: Windows 7 – What is this?

November 9, 2009 at 5:20 am 2 comments

Windows 7 is out in the market but many people are still unaware about what exactly it is. This section focuses on giving the basic information about Windows 7, the official name for the successor to the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. Windows 7 is an operating system made by Microsoft for personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and media center PCs. Talking about operating system, it is just an interface between hardware and application. This is an essential  component needed to run programs in every general purpose computer. Operating system performs basic tasks such as recognizing inputs from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and others. Windows 7, previously known by the code names Blackcomb and Vienna, was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009 and general retail availability on October 22, 2009.

Microsoft claims that Windows 7 is better than Windows Vista in terms of user friendliness, stability and functionality. The Microsoft professionals have identified various benefits and interesting facts about Windows 7. Here are some of the information about new features of Windows 7. After installing Windows 7,  user does not need to install any hardware drivers, because everything has been entered into the operating system. If the user requires a driver update, users can get it quickly and without going through Windows Update. Windows 7 contains new application called ‘Problem Steps Recorder’ which allows users to record a particular problem  and it can be sent via email to the expert in the form of attachment. Microsoft offers XP to Windows 7 Mode, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft web site (microsoft.com / windows / virtual-pc / download.aspx), and works in conjunction with the Windows Virtual PC, which is also free download.

Let’s take a look at this video to have some ideas regarding Windows 7.

Continuing with the new features, Windows 7 offers touch navigation which is easy to navigate with a user finger. In addition, Windows 7 also supports multi-touch gesture, like the MacBook, which automatically detects the hardware-featured touchscreen and increases the size of the Start Menu and icon simultaneously. Windows 7 introduces some smart volume-adjusting technology.  So, if you have Windows 7 in your computer it will automatically reduce the volume of your PC’s sound when you receive a call to your computer over a service such as Skype or Windows Live Call. The Windows 7 search tool is more than just a way to find a file you’ve misplaced. It can be easily extended to search online resources as well as your own computer. It does this by using search connectors that you can easily download online.

Besides, there are other interesting features of Windows 7 such as powerful new calculator, shake your mouse for clarity, eliminating annoying folder crashes, and much more. Recently, Microsoft has offered an amazing offer for UK and US students. Those students having a valid email address (an email address given by the college or University) will be able to purchase Windows 7 Home premium or Windows 7 Professional (upgrade versions) for £30 and $30 respectively. The offer will run until 3 January 2010 when the prices will revert to normal.

Can Windows 7 help Microsoft to generate billions of revenues and to improve its market share? It is still undecided and the answer will be known in near future.

Thanks for reading ~

Don’t forget to take the quiz on Blackboard.



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