Microsoft has plans to release a new operating system called Windows 7. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? We’ll see.
Although Windows 7 won’t be available until late 2009 or early 2010, a pre-beta version is available to developers.
At first glance, it appears to be a more advanced iteration of Windows Vista. Windows 7 also seems to be geared more toward the consumer with many more user interface enhancements.
Windows 7 builds on the internals of Windows Vista. This has some benefits as well as some drawbacks.
One immediate benefit is that Windows 7 should have fewer compatibility problems upon release.
New features include a Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard that lets you share files between two computers.
There’s also Sticky Notes, similar to an application on Mac OS X, that allows quick notes to be "pasted" over the desktop; there’s even a corkboard to post your notes for easy review.
A new accessibility feature is the Windows Key: the plus key give the screen an instant zoom, and the minus key returns the resolution to the normal size.
The included version of Internet Explorer is the current beta of 8. The boot process is much faster as well
With all of the problems that accompanied the initial release of Vista, we can only hope that Microsoft has learned their lesson and that the transition to Windows 7 will be more of a positive experience.
Time will tell.