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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Edition2: Whats New in windows7

Microsoft has launched windows 7 amidst fanfare.

Most of us still use Windows XP, the operating system (OS) that Microsoft first developed way back in 2001. Though the company released Windows Vista in early 2007, few upgraded to it. Vista came with substantially enhanced security features that also lent the system greater stability, helping to avoid the kind of 'hanging' and 'crashing' that one suffered with previous versions of the OS. But the enhanced features also made Vista so computing-resource hungry that it slowed down all applications. The only way you could make it run well was by substantially upgrading your hardware. That would have meant significant expenditure. And most Indians — consumers and enterprises — thought it just not worth the money.

Windows 7 addresses Vista's problem of resource hungriness. The boot time was fast, and so was the time taken to come out of the hibernation mode. Windows 7 brings a more responsive and sprightly feel.

It also seems to work with the smaller and cheaper netbooks that’s fast getting popular. Windows 7 works on netbooks, but if you push the system the same way as you push a desktop system then you might need to add more RAM. Remember that Windows 7 takes some 7.5 GB of disk space, so you need to factor this in. Experts advice would be not to bother upgrading an existing netbook unless you really feel you want a particular Windows 7 feature. Wait for Windows 7 netbooks to arrive on the scene as some of these will hopefully come with 2GB of RAM fitted

Some key features
· For those who use a number of applications and files at the same time, there's a new facility that helps to reduce desktop clutter. You can now drag them and stack them in groups on the taskbar.
· if you hover the mouse over, say, the Windows Explorer stack, each window in it will appear horizontally as thumbnails, and you can click on the one you need to start using it.
· Right clicking on a stack gives a 'jump menu' that lets you see your most recent files. You can also 'pin' files that you use regularly on to a stack, so that they are always there on top of a stack.
· If you have a number of windows open and you want to focus on one and avoid the clutter around it, just take the mouse to that window's titlebar and shake it. Everything else disappears. Shake the same way again, and all others reappear.
· In XP, if you want to compare, say, a set of figures in one document with those in another, you have to go alternately into the two documents. In Windows 7, you can just drag one document or window to one side of your screen and it will snap to that side filling half the screen, and then you can drag the other document to the other side, and it will fill up the other side. Easy to compare, or copy from one to the other.
· Almost all devices will work with Windows 7. The customer will not have to enqure whether a device he is buying (printer, fax machine, smart card reader, network controller, in fact, anything) will work with the OS.The OS also identifies the device being installed and offers appropriate follow-on options.
· One big trouble with Vista was that each time a change was made to the system, a dialogue box would pop up asking you if you were ok with the change being made. It was designed as a security measure, to keep you aware of hackers trying to write on to your system. But it proved a huge annoyance for users installing new applications frequently. Windows 7 now allows you to set the level of information you desire.
· Windows 7 comes with touch capability, which means you can use your fingers on the screen to perform many functions. Now, that can be really fun in certain applications. But you need a PC that's touch enabled. Windows 7 may encourage many now to look at that option. So, should you upgrade from XP to 7 when it is released? The new version has won mostly good reviews. Windows 7 makes for the most exciting upgrade for Windows users since the arrival of Windows XP . some experts say that Windows 7 still has many bugs, is not stable and does not still have technology support. They believe a stable version may take another 7 to 8 months

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