First, it's important to note what Windows 7 isn't;
- It doesn't contain anything like the kind of far-reaching (and mostly I'll advised) changes that Microsoft made with Windows Vista.
- While windows 7 doesn't undo these changes—claiming it was for long-term health of the platform—it hasn't made any more.
The task bar has seen the biggest visual changes, where the Quick Launch toolbar has been merged with the task buttons to create an enhanced task bar or what Microsoft calls a "Superbar". (I swear I am NOT making that part up, they really call it that) This enhanced task bar also enables the Jump Lists feature to allow easy access to common tasks The revamped task bar also allows the reordering of task bar buttons.
After using it for 2 weeks here's the lowdown so far.....
- Full screen page previews
- Bluetooth file transfer wizard
- One key screen shots
- Option to use cd/dvdr as flash device(cutting out need for burning program)
- Faster boot time (30ish seconds compared to 90ish seconds on same hardware with Vista)
- The sidebar is gone but the gadgets remain!!! Free to go ware ever you want them.
- The Windows Security Center appears to be gone as well, incorporated into the maintenance section of the Control Panel.
- Sticky Notes (look like post-it's), which can be posted anywhere on the desktop or organized using a corkboard-like application.
- More diagnostic graphs and charts displaying the well-being of your PC. (Lets hope this isn't a preemptive strike against crash complaints like Vista had)
- The Ribbons style tool tabs from Office 2007, appears throughout Windows 7. Even venerable applications like Paint now sport the Ribbon interface, as does WordPad.
- I.E 8 I'm not a fan but there it is.
- Built in Biometrics Framework that allows applications that use fingerprint input to have a standard way of talking to certified fingerprint sensors.
- A slightly toned down version of windows media center is embedded
- New Windows Troubleshooting feature aims to at least make it easier to figure out what's gone wrong.
- Many new items have been added to the Control Panel including: ClearType Text Tuner, Display Color Calibration Wizard, Gadgets, Recovery, Troubleshooting, Workspaces Center, Location and Other Sensors, Credential Manager, Biometric Devices, System Icons, Action Center, and Display.
- Windows Security Center has been renamed the Windows Action Center (Windows Health Center and Windows Solution Center in earlier builds) which encompasses both security and maintenance of the computer.
Its shinnnier than XP and more stable than Vista, and I can see how it will be much simpler for the average user.
And now..... here's a shot of my c.o.h fre/kin for no reason at all!