Windows 7 Beta
Have you heard the big news yet?! This past Friday (January 9, 2009), Microsoft released the Windows 7 Beta and it is now available as a free download. The new Windows 7 promises to be a leaner and meaner version of Windows Vista, because it was designed with “simplicity, reliability and speed” in mind. Now, before you start downloading it, here’s a little more of what you can expect from the new Windows 7!
Improved Taskbar and Full Screen Previews
The taskbar at the bottom of your screen is what you use to switch between the applications you have open, right? Well, in Windows 7, you can set the order in which the icons appear and they’ll stay that way, no matter what. They’re much easier to see too! With just one click on the new large icons or bigger preview thumbnails, you’re ready to go. You can even see a full screen preview before switching over to the window.
With Windows 7, Microsoft focused on keeping the things you use the most right in front of you. One example is the new Jump List feature. It’s a handy way to quickly reach the files you work with most often. To see the files you’ve used recently, just right click on the icon in your taskbar. For instance, right clicking on the MS Word icon will show your most recent Word documents. Plus, if there are other files you want to keep close by, you can just pin them to your Jump List.
In Windows 7, some of the features previously included in the operating system are now available for download through Windows Live Essentials (a set of free applications available for your computer, supported by Windows 7). You can download Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer, Movie Maker and much more. With those great applications, you can improve your Windows experience and benefit from faster delivery of the new features and services.
If all of that sounds like a good deal to you, download the Windows 7 Beta for yourself right here. Enjoy!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami