The Turnaround Leap For Microsoft: Looking Back at Windows 7


With the advent of new mobile computing technology, advanced multi-faceted processors and operating systems come the search for the ultimate best, the most user-friendly and most feature-packed operating system that fits the most demanding home and business environment. Year by year, OS manufacturers spend millions of dollars in R&D to come up with the newest versions — each one aiming to be notches better than the last. Fronted by Microsoft, these manufacturers have shown more than what was expected of them every year.

However, just like batches of tomatoes aboard delivery, there would be one or two lemons from the expected line of releases, no matter the amount of dollars invested, thus, the hunt for the best and the most functional OS has become trickier and more complicated as the technology becomes more advanced.

Microsoft, in its attempt to topple over the Apple OS, launched the Windows Vista, and there became one of Microsoft’s darkest days in the development history. Why the Windows Vista was such a flop was a mystery in the first place to me. First, as we are all well aware, these things were designed for a reason, and launched timely on the assumption that every glitch, bug and software malfunctions have all been addressed. And if Bill Gates attempts to embarrass Steve Jobs, he will be mindful of all the details that would affect performance, in conjunction with the platforms that are being offered by the laptop and desktop manufacturers.

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Microsoft, after launching the Windows 7, sold 150 million copies worldwide in nine months. Unlike its predecessor, the Windows Vista, Windows new release spurred rave reviews from critics both on the consumer home front and the business sector, bagging the astounding position as the fastest-selling operating system in history.

Not only was this model a big improvement in terms of functionality and interface, but it also consumes less memory, disk space and processing power. Now, stability and security is no longer an issue, and allows for multitasking, making it easy to navigate. Businesses can organize more efficiently, with less clutter and garbage, for efficient management and network setup.  Some great entertainment features are also enabled, with a functional new taskbar and system tray, for better backup options.

Why Windows 7 is the shiznit?

Among the many reasons Windows 7 had me pinned was:

Migration from Windows XP is not a problem, since it runs on the new Windows Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions, which allows for easy access and retrieval of old files in legacy XP. Not only was it a breeze to run, but the Windows 7 OS is a much faster option too, enabling use for graphics and other toolbars, so upgrade is no longer an issue.

Windows 7, to my surprise, offers several different custom views that can be customized further, whereby you can retain the settings defined. I had an experience wherein I tested our office database with 3000 folders, and it worked just fine. This may be a minor plus for some, but for companies managing multiple folders, this is something of a deal-breaker.

For mobile users, this feature, which is available in Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions, allowed me to configure and connect to multiple default printers accessible within the location and can be system controlled. Criteria can be setup and automatically resets the default printer available to current location. It is easy as selecting ‘Print’ and it automatically sets the job to the available printer within range, so long as it is included in your list of printer options.  Printer locations can be defined as needed, regardless of locations frequently visited.

Mobile phones, iPads and netbooks are also interoperable to multitouch options . This is a must-have for mobile commuters, which increases further efficiency for conducting webinars, trainings, sales demos and presentations.

With all these features and more, the Windows 7 is truly a must-have in today’s competitive work environment. What more can anyone want?

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