Windows 7 is the new and upcoming operating system (OS) being developed by Microsoft. It is the next version of a series of widely used Windows operating systems since Windows 95. If you have heard the nicknames, Blackcomb and Vienna bandied about online and in technical magazines, it was probably in reference to Microsoft 7. These were the code names given to the project.
Windows 7 is the follow up operating system to Windows Vista. This operating system has continued to develop upon the new technologies that were introduced with Vista. Although traditionally Microsoft technologies tend to be backwards compatible, we know that Windows 7 will be backwards compatible with Vista. For operating systems older than Vista we are not yet sure.
PC and software technology continue to advance. Therefore it is advisable to upgrade all of your software every once in a while. If you are running a PC on a pre-Vista operating system, you don’t have to worry yet. There is and will be for sometime, so much software developed for the older platform. Although technical people and computer geeks tend to jump to buy the latest versions of all software, many others can’t afford to do this, or prefer to wait. The complete transition to the new Windows platform will take years. When you see that the majority of new software you are interested in no longer offers a version compatible with your Windows Operating System, then you will know for sure that it is time to upgrade to newer technologies.
The new Windows 7 has many new and changed features to what long time Windows users are used to. If you have already familiarized yourself with Vista and its features then you will not have much adjusting to do. Some of what you can expect to find with Windows 7 is: multi-core processors which should make everything run much quicker; an advanced calculator that now comes with programming and statistical calculation options; and many new items and features in the control panel. As with Vista, even more features have been removed from the standard operating system install. These items can only be added using a separate toolkit which is called, Windows Live Essentials. Windows Live Essentials is apparently freeware software. It shouldn’t cost you anything to get this toolkit, it will just require the extra step of downloading and installing it.
The Windows 7 operating system is not just planned for the PC but is being developed for a variety of devices: desktops, laptops, mobile devices, tablet PCs, netbooks and more. If you have become accustomed to the Windows Mobile operating system that has stayed relatively unchanged over the past decade, you may want to begin to read up on Windows 7 for Mobile and to plan this new version.