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After the debacle of Windows Vista, people were obviously expecting something better. And windows 7 does not disappoint them. An OS is after all and OS, it need not be something out of this world. What users want is that the OS must have a simple user interface and computing should be easy, not a burden. And this is what windows 7 does beautifully. While it is not perfect, it offers much improved performance and better functionality to the user.
Taskbar is more beautiful and full of features
With a minimalist approach and sincere attempt to rectify the hiccups that users experienced with Vista, Windows7 comes like a breath of fresh air. It has all the features of windows XP, and tries to better some features and hence qualifies to be its worthy successor. Let us begin with the taskbar. This is one area where windows suffered in comparison to other OS in the past, but in Windows7 every attempt has been made to make it more functional for the user. It allows the user to bring any program in the taskbar so that it opens with a single click rather than double click which is required when the program is on the desktop. You also get the liberty to drag and drop items in the taskbar in the order that you like. What is more, when you take your cursor to any program in the taskbar, you get a sneak preview of what it contains, a tool which has been called Aero Peek by Microsoft.
The new concept of Jump List
When you right click on any program in the taskbar, you get to see a Jump List, which includes the sites or documents you have recently visited. It really helps the user as he requires fewer clicks, and takes him quickly to where he wants to go. The user had to go to the start menu, recent documents, and then select what he has been looking for. This is one feature that will certainly be loved by the users.
The Start Menu
Icons can be dragged to be placed in the start menu so that the user can find their access easier. This is the only change in the start menu; otherwise it looks identical to the start menu of Windows vista. When you open the search option and start typing, it narrows down your searches and also organizes the search results in much the same way as jump List does.
The Tray is the area in which your applications are, and where you have the options to change your settings such as time, volume and power settings. It is also the place from where alerts pop up. The user has the ability to set them to appear only if there is any notification, or never appear at all. After all nobody wants to see those messy pop ups all the time.
Easy Wireless Access
As soon as you click the wireless icon, you get to see the list of available networks, and it is up to the user to choose one of them.
Out goes the infamous security red shield and its place is taken by a good looking white flag called Windows Action Center, which brings windows alerts and lapses, if any in the anti virus you may be using.
Snap and Shake Windows
This is a welcome feature which enables one to shrink windows into half so that he can split the work space when using two applications at the same time.
This is a new feature that allows the user to see all the files of one media type at one place. To add a file to the library, one just needs to right click and then select include in Library.
Are you a windows 7 user? Do let us know your viewpoint about Windows 7.