I think it is not required to tell you what is Windows. It has become so deeply immersed in our daily lives that it doesn’t require a separate introduction. However let me tell you something about Windows 7, the new kid on the block.
Windows 7 is the latest public release version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Windows 7′s server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, was released at the same time.
Not wasting anymore time or space let us look into what are the new features in Windows 7:
- Pin: Many users use a set of programs more often than other programs. So it makes sense to keep them available easily. Pin helps users achieve that. If you ask me what are the functions of Pin then I can say it is used to Pin programs to the taskbar. Pin files to Jump Lists. Just like tacking notes on a bulletin board, you can use pin to keep the things you need close at hand. For more details on this go here.
- Snap: Often in the past I felt that why don’t they allow me to view two different windows at the same time. Mainly I used to miss them after migrating from Mac to Windows. So, I love this addition to Windows 7. Snap size and arrange windows by simply dragging their borders to the edges of your screen. Instantly expand to full screen and back, or arrange two windows side by side. For more visit the link.
- HomeGroup: HomeGroup helps user to easily share the photos, music, and files on each of the PCs running Windows 7 on your home network. It’s especially handy when you want to share a printer. Microsoft claims that it is primarily built keeping in mind the problems faced by the users in transferring files in the home network. For more on HomeGroup go here.
- Play To: It allows you to play music, photos, and videos from your PC to media devices connected to your home network. If you want to play music from your PC on the entertainment system in your home network all you need to do is just right-click the tracks you’d like to hear and select Play To—now you’re hearing what you want, where you want it. For further info visit the link.
- Windows Touch: If you were wishing for a touch screen experience in Windows. Windows 7 has brought it for you. Move over mouse. With Windows 7 and a touch-sensitive screen, you can browse online newspapers, flick through photo albums, and shuffle files and folders—using nothing but your fingers. Visit the homepage for Windows Touch to get more detail.
- Live Taskbar Previews: With Windows XP, a taskbar shows the programs you’ve got open and lists the associated files you’re working with. With Windows Vista, if you hover over a program on the taskbar you can see thumbnail images of files you have open with that program. But you can’t interact with the files.
With Windows 7, you can point to a taskbar icon to see actual images of all of your open files or programs. Then, move your mouse over the image to preview the window full-screen. Learn more about Live Taskbar here.
- Windows Search: It helps to instantly locate and open any file on your PC, from documents to e-mail messages to songs, right from the Start menu just by typing a word or two.
- Internet TV: Now with Windows 7 you can watch TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. You can choose from a variety of online TV shows and movies, all organized and viewable with a consistent look and feel. With a broadband connection, Windows Media Center is populated automatically with Internet TV channels and content, which are conveniently organized in the familiar program guide for easy discovery. Explore Windows 7 Internet TV on Windows Media Center here.
- Improve Memory Use: PCs that are low on memory can decrease performance. Windows 7 reduces memory and processor utilization by running fewer background services, reducing the operating system’s memory needs when idle, and reducing graphics memory requirements to launch and switch between windows.
- View available networks: With this you can do the following: On the go? Find and connect to Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, VPN, or dial-up networks with just a couple clicks. Windows 7 improves how you view and connect to all of your networks, making the process simple and consistent. You’ll always have one-click access to available networks, regardless of whether those networks are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up, or your corporate VPN.
These are some of the top features of Windows 7. However it has lot more to be explored and reviews. For learning abut the features visit the official page.