As you may have heard from the barrage of news stories and primetime advertising, Microsoft recently released Windows 7. The release of Windows 7 seems to have quickly followed Windows Vista, which was released less than three years ago, and, arguably, for good reason. Windows Vista was neither well received by home users nor by companies. It’s estimated that only one out of three corporate computers runs Windows Vista, while most of the rest are still running Windows XP.
If you are planning to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you may be disappointed by the short list of new features. Instead of bloating Windows 7 with a bunch of new features, Microsoft focused on streamlining code, creating a more stable operating system, and simplifying the maze of security options.
If you are planning to upgrade from Windows XP, you’ll be surprised by how much has changed. The first thing you’ll notice is all the eye candy. Microsoft overhauled the user interface in Vista, and, with some slight improvements, now appears in Windows 7.
Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions allow you to run some of your older software in Windows XP Mode, which opens a Windows XP desktop within in a window in your Windows 7 desktop. You should check with your software vendors to find out if they will support their software in Windows XP Mode.
Other helpful features include Windows Libraries, which allows you to manage files and documents scattered on your hard drive or network in one, easy place, and Peek, Shake, and Snap, which allow you to manage windows and applications on your desktop.
You should decide for yourself if upgrading from XP or Vista is right for you. Check out the feature comparison between XP, Vista, and 7.
So far, the news about Windows 7 has been good, but as with any new software release, there will be bugs, so be cautious about installing it on computers that are critical to your business. Contact your software and hardware vendors before upgrading and setup a test environment for testing Windows 7 with your essential software and hardware.
If you’ve tested Windows 7 or are using it at home, we’d like to hear your initial thoughts. Leave us a comment with your first impressions!
Eyefinity/OfficeMate is currently testing its products and services with Windows 7. Refer to the following resources for more information:
- For the latest information about eyefinity.com system requirements, go to https://secure.eyefinity.com/eyefinity/html/requirements.htm.
- For the latest information about OfficeMate and ExamWRITER support for Windows 7, go to http://www.officemate.net/omkb/article.aspx?id=20597.