Windows 7: Get Up to Speed

It’s coming. Windows 7 will start to appear in October, so now is as good a time as any to make sure you’re familiar with what’s new, what’s not so new, what matters, and what doesn’t. Fortunately, every online technology pontificator has an opinion, not to mention a healthy collection of screen shots, so it only takes a few minutes of browsing around to get all the headlines.

Windows 7For the IT perspective, start at CIO.com, which offers a Windows 7 Bible with an overall view of why Windows 7 matters in the corporate setting, and what steps you and your IT colleagues will have to take between now and the end of the year to switch over, if that’s what you choose to do.

eWeek also has a useful gallery of Windows 7 improvements that make the point that yes, there are some important developments here that will make it a good idea for Vista holdouts to jump from XP, if their computers can handle it. 

Finally, the experts at PCMag.com have a hands-on review of the latest prerelease version. Their capsule summary:

Microsoft’s new OS is an improvement over Windows Vista, but because it’s based on the same underlying kernel code there should be fewer compatibility headaches if you make the switch. Add to that a retooled taskbar, simpler home networking, faster startup, and other conveniences, and Windows 7 may succeed where Vista failed. XP users can stop living in the past and move to a modern OS.

Sounds like it’s upgrade season again.

Don Willmott

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4 Responses to “Windows 7: Get Up to Speed”

September 17, 2009 at 7:40 am, Inmar Bonilla said:

I just don’t understand how the government allows companies like Microsoft the release of OS without the robust stability necessary to perform well, and then they release another OS to cover up for the previous inefficient, irresponsible, money greedy, OS. We have to think that this costs money to all of us.
How would you like it if I sell you a rotten hamburger, so I can sell you the medecine afterward, so you can feel better and I make more money out of your need.

I know some people who agree with this.

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September 18, 2009 at 6:29 am, Chris said:

Get a Mac!!!

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September 21, 2009 at 7:07 am, javed said:

Well, if companies do thorough checking of their products, then how they will make many? They do this to sell something first and then do improvement, etc. and ask money again to buy the improved versions.

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September 21, 2009 at 9:49 am, Warr said:

I have to say that it would be nice it microsoft would make sure the OS system work to perfection before selling to us. We are all on a tight budget, the government has failed us and no one care for human life anymore. We all would love to be IT professional, but some us do not have the time or money to do it, Can microsoft offer free training in the intermediate area of there new system and software so that we can be able to get a job in the market.

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