Microsoft’s upcoming Operating System Windows 7 has been previewed at the PDC 2008 event showcasing the next gen features and screenshots of the Windows 7 pre beta version. Windows 7 is expected to be faster in terms of operation and in boot times, the OS will also feature full touch and multi-touch support for touchscreen based devices, along with support for up to 256 CPUs.
Windows 7 Screenshots:
Windows 7 desktop
Windows 7 media player: Windows media player 12
Windows 7 Thumbnails
Windows 7 explorer
Windows 7 startup menu
Windows 7 hovering
Windows 7 calculator:
BitLocker Drive Encryption :
BitLocker protects your data by helping to prevent offline software attacks. Turning on BitLocker encrypts the hard drive where Windows is installed, including all information that is stored on that drive.
Device Information Retrieval:
Device Information Retrieval downloads information from Microsoft for your hardware devices and displays it in the Windows 7 Devices and Printers control panel, and when you first install and use a device, in the Device Stage.
New Device Manager:
Device Manager helps you install the latest drivers for your hardware devices. Using the Update Driver Software Wizard, you can update device drivers for hardware installed on your computer, modify hardware settings, and troubleshoot device and driver problems.
Driver Protection helps prevent the operating system from starting drivers that are known to cause stability problems. These drivers are listed in a Driver Protection List database that is stored on your computer. The Driver Protection List is updated through Windows Update and Dynamic Update (below). Driver Protection checks this database while the operating system is running. These checks are performed to determine whether to start a driver. For more information, see the Driver Protection List article online at the Microsoft website.
Windows 7 Dynamic Update:
Dynamic Update enables Windows 7 to perform a one-time check with the Windows Update website to get the latest updates for your computer while Windows is being installed. If updates are found, Dynamic Update automatically downloads and installs them so your computer is up to date the first time that you log on or use it.
Windows 7 Fax feature:
The fax feature allows you to create and save fax cover pages, and to send and receive faxes using your computer and an external or a built-in fax modem or a fax server.
Windows 7 Handwriting Recognition: for tablet PCs
Automatic learning is a handwriting recognition feature that is available on Tablet PCs and external tablets. This feature collects data about the words that you use and how you write them. Automatic learning is enabled by default, and the handwriting recognition software will attempt to recognize and improve its interpretation of your handwriting style and vocabulary.
Easy home networking with Homegroup:
A HomeGroup allows you to easily link Windows 7 computers on your home network so that you can share pictures, music, videos, documents and devices. It also makes them ready to stream media to devices on your home network such as a media extender. You can help protect your HomeGroup with a password, and you can choose what you want to share.
Windows 7 Gadgets:
Windows 7 Gadgets are mini programs that run on the desktop( sidebar killed) and provide at-a-glance information, and easy access to frequently used tools.
Internet printing makes it possible for computers running Windows 7 to use printers located anywhere in the world by sending print jobs using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
Full list of features can be accessed here
According to the early reports Microsoft will be releasing only 1 RC and Beta candidate
Windows 7 Multi-touch video demo:
Windows 7 Touch maps Youtube Video:
Release Date of Windows 7 Beta:
Beta version of Windows 7 will be released public download by the end of 2008 or in Jan 2009.
Windows 7 Final release date:
Rumored release date for Windows 7 is Q1 2009 which is highly unlikely, as Microsoft had previously stated :
We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. As is standard with the release of a new product, we will be releasing early builds of Windows 7 prior to its General Availability as a means to gain tester feedback. We’re not sharing additional information at this time.
The actual date is not finalized yet, the earliest you can expect Windows 7 is mid 2010.
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