WINDOWS 7 HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED – THIS IS THE REVIEW OF THE RELEASE CANDIDATE. THERE IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RC AND FULL RELEASE.
This may be one heck of a long review, but there is alot to get through!
I am a Windows user. My first Windows Computer had Windows 95 on it! The next one had Windows XP… But Windows Vista went down as a bomb when Microsoft officially announced it in January 2007. Customers say it’s slow and takes up too much space and “not what we needed an OS to do.” I don’t really agree with that. Yes it is slow on some parts, but it looks sleek and fresh. See Vista’s desktop here.
Microsoft have been promising that they have been listening and are launching their Newest OS – Windows 7 – in October. It is said that Windows 7 has been made quicker than Microsoft wanted to release a new OS! But who knows?
But who likes to wait months? So, to see if there any faults or want to see how customers will use it, they have released a more than beta version of Windows 7. It’s the R.C (Release Candidate: Build 7100) and it’s what you can expect to see from Windows 7 when it launches. It’s also what I am going to use to review.
If anything changes on the launch version, I will update with another review.
By the end of this review, you’ll find out what Windows 7 is, how it’s improved, and how YOU can get the RC.
So, before I begin, I want to clarify again that I am reviewing the Windows 7 Release Candidate and features might change apon release.
Okay, enough of the intro – lets get into the review.
Windows 7 is Microsoft’s newest OS which will be releasing on October 22nd 2009.
This is the new desktop for Windows 7;
Windows 7 will offer some more tweaks and fixes from Windows Vista. I will go through some of the new things introduced in Windows 7. Some are cool, amazing, and sweet. Others are just bells and whistles that you really don’t need.
In previous versions of Windows, you would have to manually resize or hit the Maximize button to get the Window open in just the right size. Windows 7 puts that all behind.
Snap is a quick (and fun) new way to resize open windows, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen.
Depending on where you drag a window, you can make it expand vertically, take up the entire screen, or appear side-by-side with another window. Snap makes reading, organizing, and comparing windows a…well, you get the picture.
It’s just one of the few new ways to play with your open windows.
If you’ve got a cluttered desktop full of windows (no, not the ones you look out of) and want to quickly focus on one window – Just grab a window and… Shake it!
Every open window except that one instantly disappears. Shake again—and your windows are back.
Windows Vista brought us the gadgets on a sidebar. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could quickly check the time or see the calender or even check the weather, without closing windows?
Windows 7 does just that. Sure, the sidebar is partly gone, but its quicker to view it and the desktop.
Aero Peek gives you… X-Ray vision so you can see through your open windows. Simply point to the right edge of the taskbar—and watch open windows instantly turn transparent, revealing all your hidden icons and gadgets.
POWER MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT FOR LAPTOP USERS
If you’re a hardcore laptop user (like moi) then you’ll love this feature. Windows 7 is designed to help save battery life on laptops.
How? Well for starters, Windows 7 uses less CPU than Vista did. It also dims your Display when you don’t move the mouse after a while. Also, when you play DVD’s on your laptop, it won’t use up as much power – as Vista did.
Most laptops have more than 2 USB ports. Windows 7 automatically powers off unused USB ports and instantly turns them back on when you insert a device! This applies to FireWire, HDMI and Ethernet ports. You’ll find Battery life lasting hours (at most – 1/12 extra hours depending on brightness)! Great for long flights and power cuts.
In Vista, you would put the computer to sleep (or hibernate) and it would take a good minute to boot back up.
With the new performance tweaks, Windows 7 will;
Windows 7 is designed to sleep, resume, and reconnect to your wireless network more quickly.
When you plug in a portable flash drive or other USB device for the first time, Windows 7 can have it ready for you in seconds. If you’ve used it before, the wait’s even shorter.
Windows 7 will even prompt you, minutes before power cuts out, to plug in an external power source!
Since Windows 95, the taskbar has always been the centre of attention. It allows you to launch programs and switch windows. From time to time, things require updating. The taskbar is no exception.
Sure, in Windows Vista, they make it LOOK nicer but Windows 7, its been COMPLETELY redesigned to help you work smarter and cut out clutter. It will help you get more done.
Improvements to the taskbar include – better thumbnail viewing of windows and if you put your cursor over a window, you see a preview with all the other windows transparent. Click the thumbnail to view the window in preview. Neat!
The above is just a pince of what Windows 7 will include.
I am using Windows 7 RC since the day it came out and it hasn’t failed me. Only once but it was a small obstacle.
To me, Windows 7 is much better than Windows Vista. As a laptop user, The battery life lasts alot longer than it did with Vista.
Even though I may not use Aero Shake, it is good to know I have that feature.
One thing I did not like about Windows 7 is the fact it does not include Windows Movie Maker. You have to manually download it as a “essential” from Mirosoft’s site.
If you want to try Windows 7 RC then just watch this video. It helped me get started and I’m sure it will help you;
If you are NOT on a Mac, ignore all the Mac stages.
Or go here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYPSwNp3sU0
Thats all you need to know!
I may edit with my own guide and links.
Thanks for reading.
This review was longer than I expected and I bet that on this small WordPress theme, it will seem LONGER!
Hopefully my next review will be shorter.
– xMr Funguin