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Windows 7 Component Research

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Windows 7 Component Research

  1. 1. WINDOWS 7 a.k.a. Windows “Vienna” Component Research Project CEd0510 Ann Perry
  2. 2. According to Microsoft <ul><li>“Windows 7 was built around your feedback, so you'll see a lot of things you've asked for. You asked us to make everyday tasks faster and easier, make your PC work the way you want it to, and make new things possible.” </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/whats-new.aspx </li></ul>
  3. 3. Windows 7 <ul><li>next release in the Windows line </li></ul><ul><li>expected to be on the market in 2010, but may appear as early as September 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>number of editions presented with different availability </li></ul><ul><li>no formal announcement yet on prices, current estimates comparable to Vista </li></ul>
  4. 4. Windows 7 Editions <ul><li>only 2 retail versions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Premium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>general home applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>small business version </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>high end home applications </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Windows 7 Editions <ul><li>Additional Versions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will be offered by OEMs to customers with small notebook PCs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>may be included with some netbooks (still in negotiations!) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Basic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will be sold only to those in emerging markets </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Windows 7 Editions <ul><li>Additional Versions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>geared toward mid-sized & large businesses with Microsoft Software Assurance Agreement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>offers additional data encryption, security and back up </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ultimate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>included with Home Premium and Professional installation disks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>will require online or offline upgrade process </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Home Premium Features <ul><li>improved taskbar & full screen previews </li></ul><ul><li>jump lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>right click on icon keeps recent works listed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>new way to work windows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make windows invisible or see through </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one click minimization of all windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ability to look at 2 windows side by side without resizing each individually </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Home Premium Features <ul><li>device management ( video ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>one screen access with all devices and printers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>device stage can interact with specific devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(rather limited) list available at web site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>home group ( video ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sets up a home network if 2 or more computers run Windows 7 with wireless internet access </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Home Premium Features <ul><li>Internet Explorer 8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>instant searches as you type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accelerators – allow you to right click on any text to have instant access to blogs, definitions, translations, searches and other tools ( video ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web slices keep you updated on sites like email, weather and auctions – if a site is updated, the corresponding slice on the favorites toolbar will be highlighted ( video ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>code for slices available from Microsoft for developers so more & more sites will have slices </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Home Premium Features <ul><li>Windows Live Essentials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>freeware download of programs and applications that used to be included in the Operating System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>includes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Live Messenger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Gallery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Movie Maker </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Home Premium Features <ul><li>new Windows Media Player 12 </li></ul><ul><li>new Windows Media Center </li></ul><ul><li>massive upgrade to Microsoft Paint </li></ul><ul><li>WordPad becomes full word processor </li></ul><ul><li>upgrade of the calculator utility </li></ul><ul><li>biometric control panel for devices like fingerprint readers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Home Premium Features <ul><li>Windows Mobile Device Center included </li></ul><ul><li>support for virtual workplaces/desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Windows credentials for managing passwords, logins and online ID’s </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Solution Center to replace and upgrade Windows Security Center by including maintenance, backup and troubleshooting </li></ul><ul><li>new organization for data called Libraries </li></ul>
  13. 13. Windows 7 versus Vista <ul><li>Vista focused on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accessibility issues and assistive technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>built in diagnostics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DirectX 10 to enhance 3D graphics rendering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explorer windows that used the same interface for all applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fast sleep & resume functions replaced hibernate & sleep in Windows XP and previous versions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>games explorer with more games and game updates available </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Windows 7 versus Vistaa <ul><li>Windows 7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new parallel processing (more on this later) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>account control improvements with 4 options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new sensors technology that can tell where you are computing from and certain applications can react accordingly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>virtualization capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrated support for multi-touch displays </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Upgrades from Vista and XP ? <ul><li>purchase and installation of Windows 7 will allow you to upgrade to different versions (of W7) using “Windows Anytime Upgrade” or WAU </li></ul><ul><li>you’ll have to pay to unlock each upgrade version </li></ul><ul><li>but upgrading from Vista or XP… </li></ul>
  16. 16. Do I Buy? <ul><li>Current Vista users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in place upgrade will be available; programs and data will remain intact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but consumers urged to clean install </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current XP users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>must back up data, wipe hard drive, complete a clean installation, re-install programs and restore data – is this worth it? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Do I Buy??? <ul><li>Cost…(unofficially) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Premium $259 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional $299 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> according to http://www.mobilewhack.com/how-much-will-windows-7-cost/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>upgrades between versions of Windows 7 will also cost the consumer </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Do I Buy? <ul><li>parallel processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XP is old (8 years) but is still very stable and fast on today’s hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiprocess workload tasking sees XP outpace both Vista and Windows 7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… but scalability when moving from duo-core to quad-core not impressive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.infoworld.com/t/platforms/generation-gap-windows-multicore-273?page=0,1 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Do I Buy? <ul><li>parallel processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vista runs slower on multi processing tasks than XP, but scalability when moving to higher core numbers improves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vista seems a necessary evil to achieve (minimally) better results for Windows 7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows 7 may really be a new and improved version of Vista </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.infoworld.com/t/platforms/generation-gap-windows-multicore-273?page=0,4 </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Do I Buy? <ul><li>So basically, XP is fine if it’s running well on your system now. In the next few years, as the multi core technology improves and the number of cores increases, XP will lose its edge. </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally, both Vista and Windows 7 have increased multi media capabilities over XP. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Do I Buy? <ul><li>The beta testing of Windows 7 has gone rather smoothly and the OS seems to deal well with the issues Vista has had in the past. </li></ul><ul><li>So if you run Vista now (and don’t care for it), Windows 7 appears to be an alternative with the “bugs” worked out. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Do I Buy? <ul><li>Windows 7 Beta </li></ul><ul><ul><li>beats Vista at SSD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>better than Vista and XP at booting up & shutting down with faster times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>also better at installations and file maneuvering </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Resources and References <ul><li>Paul Thurrott’s Super Site for Windows </li></ul><ul><li>http://microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/ </li></ul><ul><li>Window’s Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>www.mobilewhack.com/windows-7-faster-than-vista-or-xp/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Windows Blog </li></ul>

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