Windows 7 - Ten new features to anticipate
eWeek shares a good summary of new features that will be coming in Windows 7:
10 Microsoft Windows 7 Features to Anticipate
QUOTE: Microsoft Windows 7, touted as an improvement on both Vista and XP, will include many changes to previous versions of the operating system. In addition to fundamental improvements, such as programming tweaks that increase its overall speed, there will also be funkier adjustments, including eccentric new wallpapers
SUMMARY OF TEN FEATURES FROM EWEEK EVALUATION
1. Less of a Memory Hog - memory management that drives resources only to open windows, meaning that minimized applications no longer drain power like they did with Vista.
2. The Taskbar - reduces your open applications to thumbnail logos—hover your cursor over one of the logos, and tiny preview windows for the application will open.
3. Windows XP Mode - thanks to virtualization, allow old applications to run on Windows XP within a Windows 7 machine
4. Federated Search - allowing users to explore local and network drives on top of intranet storage.
5. Libraries - higher degree of granular control over how they order and store their information
6. User Account Controls - users are able to choose “Never Notify,” “Always Notify” and two options in between whenever a program attempts to make a change
7. Start Menu - more customizable, with users able to adjust how links, icons and menus are displayed and behave.
8. AppLocker - used to lock down certain applications on an administrator level. This granular access control to applications can potentially make lives easier for
9. Chance to Get Rid of Vista and XP - welcome chance for many PC users to finally upgrade their desktop or laptop to a more efficient, 21st century operating system.
10. The Trippy Backgrounds - new wallpapers being offered with Windows 7 are colorful, to say the least