11/09/09: Windows 7 – What is this?
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.
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.
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