Simple is one word which can be associated with Windows 7. It’s easy to connect, easy to browse and simple to use. It is designed to make your PC faster, more secure and more reliable. It’s great for home, great for work and all places in between. With Windows 7, you’ll discover easy and exciting new ways to have fun and get things done with your PC. Few top end-user features are listed below.,
Enhanced Windows Taskbar
The new taskbar in Windows 7 puts you in control, and helps you get to the programs and files you need more quickly. Each open window appears as a graphic thumbnail that expands to a full-screen preview when you hover over it with your mouse.
Icons are bigger, too, making it easier to select them with a mouse or with the new touch features in Windows 7.
You can place each program exactly where you want it on the taskbar and pin frequently used applications or files for quick access.
Jump Lists- there’s one for each program on your Start menu and Windows Taskbar which makes it easier to find what you want.
They’re automatically populated based on how often and recently you do things, so you’ll spend less time looking for your favorite song or that file you worked on yesterday. Just right click on the application taskbar and you have the jump list !!
Easy Access: Snap, Shake, Peek
Commonly used resources are available within easy access and without desktop clutter. It’s easy and intuitive to navigate, arrange and work with multiple windows on the desktop.
With Peek, hover your mouse over the far-right side of the Windows Taskbar and all of your open windows become transparent, so you can easily see your desktop. With Snap, drag open windows to the boarder of the screen to automatically re-size it, and snap two different windows to the left and right boarders for a perfect comparison. With Shake, click a window pane and shake your mouse to minimize all other open windows, and shake again to restore the windows to their original sizes.
HomeGroup in Windows 7 makes sharing files across the PCs and devices in your home as easy as if all your data were on a single hard drive.
Through HomeGroup, PCs running Windows 7 can automatically identify and connect with each other. Once a HomeGroup is established, sharing devices and media throughout your home is easy. For example, the printer in your den is shared automatically with all the PCs in your home, and digital photos stored on a computer in your den can be easily accessed from a laptop anywhere in your home. You can access the Homegroup by accessing the Control Panel-> Network and Internet !!
Faster on, Faster Off
Windows 7 focuses on underlying performance, faster start-up, resume and shut down time and enhanced power management. Windows 7 has a triggered service model, with which only essential services start on boot., which ensures faster boot and faster shutdown. Read here for more info
Windows Live Essentials
Communication and sharing services are fundamental to your Windows experience. In Windows 7, certain functionality that was included in previous versions of Windows will be offered through a suite of free, downloadable applications called Windows Live Essentials, found at http://download.live.com.
Access your data offline and do more with your photos, videos and other content you want to share. These applications will be regularly updated to provide innovative functionality and integration with popular Web-based services. You get a lot of softwares to use from the live essentials !!
Internet Explorer 8
Browsing the Web is the single most popular activity on the PC. Internet Explorer 8 addresses changing user needs through significant enhancements in these main areas:
Faster and Easier. Internet Explorer 8 starts up faster, creates new tabs in a snap, and loads and runs Web sites more quickly.
More Secure and Reliable. Internet Explorer 8 delivers improved protection against malicious Web sites and software. It helps protect your privacy by providing increased choice and control over how Web sites can track your actions.
Touch is build into the fabric of Windows 7 and available on specific touch-enabled PCs. With a touch PC, you can zoom in on an image by moving two fingers closer together or zoom out by moving your fingers apart. The Start menu, Windows Taskbar, and Windows Explorer are touch-friendly, with larger icons that are easier to select with your finger. Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 8 is easier too—just use your finger to scroll down a Web page or browse your favorite links!