The elegant, quick and simple Windows 7 might be just a few months old but its features are catching eyeballs and generating sales like nothing seen before. Microsoft’s new and improved operating system was created by working meticulously on the feedback from users.
The looks of the software are stylish and impressive. It embodies the freshness that fills the void after the charm of Windows XP wore off. But looks can be deceptive, which is why one must know in detail to learn if what Windows 7 claims to be is all true. This article is about the success of an operating system, owing to its readiness to work on its follies and come up with something much enhanced and superior.
Take for example the nimble user interface adds immense value to the product. Just one amongst the features, Peek adds to your ease of maneuvering through your windows right from the comforts of your desktop. All you have to do is point to the right edge of the transparent, which would reveal all other hidden icons and gadgets. To see just one window, point at its taskbar thumbnail and it shows up on the desktop.
The simplicity with which the system works is commendable; take for example the facility to search something straight from the Start button or the graceful Flip that lets you see all the windows that are active and what needs to be worked on next. The Aero desktop experience too mixes cool graphics with useful new ways to manage your desktop.
Aimed at making work easier, Windows 7 pampers you with ready reckoners or Jump Lists that take you right to the documents, pictures, songs, or websites you turn to each day. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program icon on the Windows 7 taskbar. Thus, Internet Explorer 8 shows frequently-viewed websites and Windows Media Player 12 lists commonly-played tunes.
Users can also bid goodbye to the tedious task of creating a network of computers. The process includes connecting computers with cables and then spending time with each of them to create a network. In the case of Windows 7 however, this pain is taken care of. When teamed with two or more PCs running Windows 7, HomeGroup automatically starts sharing your music, picture, video, and document libraries with other people in the group. That also does not mean that you compromise your privacy. The sharing will obviously commence only after you grant permission by typing in the required password which will only let other users to see your stuff but not touch.
As a user, one would go through the above features impressed but would still be left with a nagging doubt regarding security. Windows 7 promises to take care of that worry with Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen filter. The SmartScreen filter and other built-in security features help you stay safe by protecting you against deceptive and malicious websites which can compromise your data, privacy and identity.
It also gives you a hand with your memory in case you can't remember the full address of a new website you visited a week ago. Type a few characters in the new Address Bar and Internet Explorer 8 will automatically recall sites you've already visited based on your entry. It searches across your History, Favorites, and RSS Feeds, displaying matches from the website address or any part of the URL. As you type, matched characters are highlighted in blue so you can identify them at a glance. In addition, you can delete any address in the drop-down box by clicking on the red cross symbol. This is especially useful for getting rid of misspelled URLs.
Well, no amount of praise would do any good because after all, seeing is believing. This article stands testimony to the effortless excellence that Windows 7 is.
Publish date: January 13, 2010 8:06 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 5:57 pm