As we are all holding our breath for the RTM release of Windows 7 (22 October), I thought I would list the 7 things I like about Windows 7. Keep in mind that my points are based on Windows 7 RC (build 7100) and not RTM.
1. Speed. There is no denying it, Windows 7 is fast. Lightning fast. No matter what you throw at it, it just keeps going. You no longer need to go make yourself a cup of coffee while you reboot. Log-in time is just phenomenal. And once you get going, there seems to be no limit to the number of apps you can have open. I tend to run heavy applications, such as Visual Studio, along with everything else I do and I don’t even notice it as I did on XP. And games just cruise. My daughter agrees that everything is faster, and she can play Sims3 without growing old at the same rate as her Sim :)
2. Libraries. Truly one of the best time-savers in Windows 7, and one that I have noticed others overlook until they start using it. With a simple click, you can add folders you access regularly to a library – either one of the existing ones, or your own, custom one – and you can add multiple folders to one library, making it easy to access your (scattered) files in one location. You can also share your libraries, which is great in a home/SOHO network environment – and if you have an Xbox360.
3. Search. I know that search was included in Windows Vista, but it is much better in Windows 7. Indexing no longer consumes all your processing, and finding apps/files is just a click away. And search is integrated everywhere, from your start menu to explorer windows to compatible applications. And it is awesome. Especially if you suck at filing, as I sometimes do.
4. Three words: Windows key P. If you have to swap between screens and projectors on a regular basis, you will absolutely love this as much as I do. And it works, every time.
5. Mobile. My husband and I agree, it would seem as if Windows 7 was built for more mobile devices. It is just easier to simply close your laptop lid, bag it and open at your destination again that before. And moving between networks is no longer a pain. And and and.
6. Old stuff. I like playing old games. I am talking really old. Like Caesar III old, not quite Space quest old. And they just work. As does my old scanner, that XP struggled with and Vista refused to even greet. I haven’t yet found something that didn’t work when I plugged it in.
7. Purdy. There is no denying it, Windows 7 is pretty. But it doesn’t feel like pretty that got up at 5 this morning to apply the layers and do the hair, but rather like pretty that drinks enough water and does yoga and rolled out of the bed this morning fresh and natural. And randomising wallpapers (another new built-in feature) every 10 seconds makes no difference to your performance.
(All my current wallpapers are from Interfacelift.com)
I have never been a great fan of the desktop operating system until now. Finally, like with Office 2007, Microsoft has produced a desktop offering that I enjoy using at all times. I am looking forward to seeing RTM in production.