released the much anticipated Windows 7, as a successor to the XP and Vista
Windows 7 had been in beta for a while, but today is the official release by
Microsoft. Users of XP and Vista will no doubt be accessing their
Windows 7 update options. Here is a brief summary.
The product comes in 3 main editions, namely Windows 7 Home Premium,
Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.
The highlighted features from Microsoft include:
- Live Taskbar Previews.
- Improved window management.
- Easy file and device sharing.
- Improved access to files and more.
- Easy access to wireless networks.
- Improved multi-tasking.
- Touch screen support.
- Improved performance.
- Improved memory/CPU usage.
- Faster sleep/resume.
- Free multi-media software.
... including Windows 7 security features:
- Improved malware protection.
- Parental controls.
- Flexible firewall.
- Improved security generally.
XP Mode: Windows 7
Professional and Ultimate feature an XP Mode as a separate download. XP mode
will also require more minimal system requirements for it to run on your PC.
All in all a lots of nice features to consider. The XP mode may entice XP
users to consider a Windows 7 update, especially those reluctant to move to Vista
over the last few years.
Released in a Web 2.0 social media age, already Microsoft seem to be utilising
and displaying user feedback as the roll out continues. Windows 7 also
underwent extensive beta testing from many users.
From a marketing buzz stand point, it will be interesting to observe the take
up. Some considered the Vista take-up disappointing as people seemed
content with XP.
Regardless of how many update to Windows 7, we would like to remind all readers
of the general benefits of keeping all software, including operating systems such
as Windows, updated. This is especially so for security related updates.