Some people have heard the new name, Windows 7, Codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna. Lately, you might have heard that you can get Windows 7 for free when buying a new PC or You can upgrade to Windows 7 at a discount price. But is this new OS worth it? (note: light review)
So we all know about the lows Vista set with its paranoia over everything and multiple errors / driver issues and benchmarks at all new lows. This of course made many stay back at home with their Xp computers.
But little do people notice the great things about Vista. With its new Aero feature, improved support for 64 bit and multicore processors, peer to peer file transferring and sharing and etc. These new features would set the path for the next OS to improve on these new programs, features and layouts.
(screenshot of Windows 7)
This here is the new Windows 7. There are some obvious differences…..obviously. Some parts you may recognize such as the start menu but you notice our classic taskbar looks a little different. This new little gadget is called Aero Peek. Now unlike the previous aero which shows a preview of the window when hovering above it, Aero peek will show you the windows all by hovering over the ONE app. So lets say you have 3 internet explorer windows open. Instead of hovering over one at a time to find which one you are looking for, you can hover over the internet explorer icon in the taskbar and you will see all three in realtime and if you hover over the preview, you can get a large screen preview . =)
Another New feature is the Snap In feature. Open two windows drag them on the two sides of the screen and they will adjust to fit perfectly in your monitor ,and don’t worry the pesky messages that black out your screen just to ask the redundant question of permission are gone.
Now for the features that you won’t notice right away. So first you get improved accessories, boot times and performance on multi-core processors. (yippe for me and my core 2 quad) Your control center has been renovated with extra items such as Clear type and Gadgets. Also, for the sake of XP which kept windows alive in my opinion will have its cousin in Windows 7. Which will be Windows XP Mode which will basically run XP in a virtual machine. Read more about Windows XP Mode.
To be honest, Windows 7 isn’t going to be as revolutionary as Vista was yet it still improves on the great features of Vista.
I will be definitely upgrading to Windows 7 because of the improved benchmarks and benefits it features. It has many organizational upgrades too. I wouldn’t lie to you. Its up to you whether you are going to upgrade but beware….Windows is back.
The planned release of Windows 7 for consumers is set for October 22, 2009.
If you want to, you can read even more here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/08/windows7-seven-reasons/