The ActiveWin Frequently Asked Questions page for Windows 7 has been updated with Answers to the most commonly asked Questions about Microsoft’s latest block buster. The over 100 question FAQ covers everything you need to know about Microsoft’s new operating system. Here is a snippet:
Q: What is Windows 7?
A: Windows 7 is the official name for the release of Windows that follows Windows Vista and latest version of Microsoft’s Windows client operating system. Windows 7 which is currently in development, started immediately after Windows Vista’s release. Windows 7 features a drastically improved desktop experience that focuses on new core experiences such as Windows Touch introducing support for multi-touch technology inherited from the Microsoft Surface. Windows 7 also supports improved Accessibility and Global Support, handwriting and Ink recognition. Windows 7 provides an enhanced Taskbar, rich application experiences with superior improvements to managing files and personal data.
Q: What is the strategy Microsoft is employed in creating Windows 7?
A: Key Goals:
Reduce Compatibility problems and bring investments in Vista forward
Reduce disk foot print and memory foot print
Make the Windows and PC Experience easier
Exceptional hardware and software support
Bring future releases to market faster
Personalized experience that defines you
Superior mobility through reliable performance, power management
Q: What is the thinking behind the name Windows 7?
A: With Windows 7, Microsoft is delivering a foundation for unmatched customer experiences across applications, services, and devices. Windows 7 builds on the substantial investments Microsoft made in Windows Vista to improve security, reliability and performance. At the same time, Windows 7’s enhanced PC manageability introduces compelling new experiences, delivering an operating system that is nimble, highly reliable, and more secure, optimized for today’s powerful hardware, and easily connects with the devices people use today.
According Mike Nash (Vice President, Windows Product Management) the decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows. We’ve used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or "aspirational" monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista. And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense. Likewise, coming up with an all-new "aspirational" name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows.
Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore "Windows 7" just makes sense.
Q: Who is Windows 7 For?
A: In Windows 7, Microsoft focused on delivering improved experiences for end users in three key areas:
Works the Way you want. Windows 7 delivers the fundamental performance, reliability, and security features you expect—and it is designed to be compatible with the same hardware, applications, and device drivers as Windows Vista®. New features help protect your privacy and data, make it easier to keep your PC running smoothly, and enable you to recover from problems more quickly.
Everyday Tasks are Faster and Easier. Windows 7 streamlines and simplifies the tasks you do most often. Improved navigation and a streamlined user interface put commonly-used resources within easy reach. Sharing data across all your PCs and devices is easier too, whether you’re at home, in the office, or on-the-go. Windows 7 and Windows Live™ help you stay connected to the people and things you care about, and Internet Explorer 8 provides a faster, safer, more productive Web experience.
Q: What new experiences does Windows 7 offer for users?
A: New Things Possible. Windows 7 gives you more choice in how you interact with your PC, with options that include multi-touch gestures, handwriting, and voice. Windows 7 makes it easy to use your home audio-video system and other networked media devices to play music, watch videos, and display photos that reside on your PC. An enhanced Windows Media Center offers one-stop access to your favorite TV shows, whether they’re on-the-air or on the Internet. And Windows 7 offers more options than ever for you to customize and personalize your PC with styles that match your personality.
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