What to Expect With Windows 7


Windows 7 is an upcoming version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, filling PC users with hopes of a replacement for Windows Vista which was released less than three years ago. Will it fulfill the dreams of PC users everywhere or let them crash in burn, blue-screen style?

From Microsoft:

Windows 7 is the next version of the Windows client operating system. This version incorporates hundreds of improvements based on your feedback. It works the way you want: it’s responsive, reliable, and runs smoothly. It starts and shuts down faster, and is designed to make your battery last longer. Plus, it’s really easy to connect to things you care about—from people to printers. You’ll also be able to do everyday things faster, from getting around the desktop and managing open windows, to finding files and programs, and using the web. We hope you love it, because it’s got your fingerprints all over it.

I have been using Windows 7 (beta) for about three months now, and have not ran across any issues. Of course, I am running it on my Mac with parallels and find it to be much faster than Vista. I do enjoy some of the new features like minimizing and maximizing by dragging a window to the corners.

If you are running Windows Vista I do recommend that you upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as it comes out, if not only due to the speed vs. Windows Vista. I imagine that Windows Vista will become like Windows Millennium- an operating system that Microsoft should never have released.

Release candidate for Windows 7 is now available on Microsoft’s website as a free download and will expire in August 2010. Microsoft will deliver Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to partners in the second half of July and will be available via retail outlets on Oct. 22, 2009 (convenient timing with a new version of Mac OSX coming out in September). So for all you PC fans I do believe this is a much better OS than Vista, and Microsoft may have finally come up with an upgrade from XP.

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