Lets take a quick look at the new version of Windows from Microsoft, that being Windows 7. Windows 7 has added some new features lets discuss a few.
First is the System Requirements:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
With Windows 7 64-bit edition that means that the computer can handler larger amounts of information than it’s 32-bit predecessor. A 64-bit computer can support 4gb of RAM and more, and 32-bit system cannot.
New Desktop Features
New wallpapers come with Windows 7, and even a new desktop slide show which can display a rotating series of pictures. The task bar has been redesigned to offer more features than before. The Task bar now offers functionality to pin favorite programs onto it, then you can rearrange them any way you want. You can also point to the task bar and see thumbnail views of open programs. Gadgets can now be placed anywhere on the desktop, they do not have to be confined to the side bar like in Windows Vista. Just drag and drop gadgets any where you like.
Windows 7 has been improved to offer many different performance improvements. The first being sleep, Windows 7 will sleep, resume, and reconnect to you network faster than ever before. Windows will also search your computer faster than it did in Vista. USB devices install much faster than before and are ready much faster. Windows 7 will no longer run background processes that slow down performance while you are using the computer, for example if you aren’t using Bluetooth, the service will be turned off. Windows 7 will also use much less memory than Windows Vista.
Windows 7 supports touch screen displays. Hook up a touch display to Windows 7 and you will be able to use most of the computer without a mouse and keyboard. (Not all versions support this feature)
Improved Media Streaming
Windows 7 improves the media streaming experience by integrating it into Windows Media Player 12. Remote media streaming is available over the internet but only between computers running Windows 7 and any version above Home Premium.
Those are just some of the new features available in Windows 7, you can view more detail at this link.
Now we have been running Windows 7 since the Release Candidate was released. Windows 7 has been performing as was told, much faster than Windows Vista and takes up less space than Vista did. The system boots up much faster than Vista which is a massive improvement. Windows Media Center now supports Netflix which made me very happy because I am a avid Netflix user, both with Windows Media Extender on the Xbox 360 and the 360 dashboard. Windows Media player can now support may different movie formats unlike previous versions. The file formats are as follows: MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVCHD, ADTS, M4A, MPEG4-SP, ASP, DIVX, XVID and many more. The Windows Shell can now support Transcoding which is necessary for encoding media on the fly, which I previously did with TVersity and now can do with Windows Media Center.
This release of Windows should get Microsoft back on track.