Windows 7 Packages

Windows 7

by Karthikeyan Ganapathy on September, 2009

in Tech-Talk


Windows 7 is the most anticipated operating system to come out of Microsoft since Windows 95. After the phenomenal success of XP, Microsoft bombed it with Vista. Windows 7 is being born in to a world of uncertainty. Apple’s market share is the highest it’s ever been. Linux is growing. Vista came out as a bloated, buggy OS which ran quickly only on the quickest hardware, sure, it was pretty, but when did looks ever win an Os a race?

Emphasis

Unlike Vista, which introduced a large number of new features, Windows 7 is intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being fully compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. Presentations given by Microsoft in 2008 focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup and performance improvements. Some applications that have been included with prior releases of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Photo Gallery, are not included in Windows 7. Some are instead offered separately as part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite.

Performance

A lot of the bulk has been removed from the windows code with windows 7. Not only will Windows 7 will be fast, it will blow away all previous Windows OSes, including the sainted Windows XP. This is due to the face that most of the apps that traditionally come with windows and bog it down) are now removed and are optional installs…

Conclusion

Should you buy windows 7?
HTPC: If you’re using Windows Media Centre to drive an HTPC, the changes to WMC are significant enough to justify an upgrade, particularly if you’re a cable TV user.

Low-End Hardware: We’ve seen this one ourselves – Win7 does much better here on marginal hardware. The only catch is that on such hardware the computer probably isn’t worth much more than the upgrade copy of Windows. Certainly Win7 is a better fit, but so is completely replacing such hardware.

Laptops: Windows 7 has better battery life than Vista, resumes from hibernation sooner, and given the lower performance of laptops often benefits from the better performance of Win7 on such hardware. If you need to squeeze out every minute of battery life or every point of performance, then it’s upgrade time. In fact laptops users are certainly going to be the easiest group to sell upgrades to, since Win7 consistently does so well.

Windows 7 doesn’t bring with it any pitfalls like Vista did, so using Win7 on a new computer as opposed to Vista is the closest thing to a no-brainer that we’re going to see today. If you wanted Vista, you’re going to want Windows 7 instead.


Rating: 3.5 / 5

Windows 7 by Microsoft
 

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