“I’ve been using Windows 7 for a long time now, and if you get the latest processor technology and Office 2010 with it, you will love your PC again. It’s a dramatic improvement.” – Michael Dell

Yes really !! What Michael Dell ( i hope that name rings a bell, atleast the second part 😀 ) has been echoed by a number of other people who are all praise for the new horse from the Microsoft stable. Just give a search on Google or Bing and you will articles on various websites showing you how “awesome” Windows 7 is.

Windows 7 offers a lot of various improvements over the previous versions of Windows. It just doesnt stop there, it offers a lot of new enhancements and features which is surely going to make your daily computing easy and efficient. Lets have a look at some “prominent” features of Windows 7.

Windows Taskbar – Power of docking without any add-on

Windows 7 : Taskbar

Windows 7 : Taskbar

Sure, the new Windows 7 taskbar is still the same familiar place for switching between windows. But now it’s easier to see, more flexible, and more powerful.

For instance, in Windows 7 you can “pin” favorite programs anywhere on the taskbar for easy access. Not crazy about the icon lineup? Now you can rearrange them any way you like by clicking and dragging. Finally, there are new ways to preview windows. Point to a taskbar icon to see a thumbnail preview of open files or programs. Then, move your mouse over a thumbnail to preview the window full-screen. You can even close windows from the thumbnail previews—a big time saver.

Jump Lists – Easy accessibility

Windows 7 : Jump List of Internet Explorer

Windows 7 : Jump List of Internet Explorer

The Jump List feature is designed to provide you with quick access to the documents and tasks associated with your applications. You can think of Jump Lists like little application-specific Start menus. Jump Lists can be found on the application icons that appear on the Taskbar when an application is running or on the Start menu in the recently opened programs section. Jump Lists can also be found on the icons of applications that have been specifically pinned to the Taskbar or the Start menu.

Jump Lists on the Start menu will appear a little different than Jump Lists on the Taskbar. However, they will provide the same functionality.

Windows 7 : Jump List of Windows Media Player

Windows 7 : Jump List of Windows Media Player

By default, the Jump List can contain the application’s shortcut, the ability to toggle pinning, the ability to close one or all windows, access to specific tasks associated with the application, and once you begin using the application, a list of recent documents or destinations depending on the application.

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Aero Peek – Peak-a-booooo

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 adds a fantastic feature called as Aero-Peek. It allows you to peek or preview a window or your desktop by simply hovering over the respected icons. Windows 7 then creates a visually appealing transparency effects to show you the window which you want. Click on the image above to enlarge and see the difference between and understand what Aero Peek does.

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

Windows 7 : Aero Peek

The above image is another example of Aero Peek. Can you see those shaded borders behind the Internet Explorer Window? Well they are actually windows themselves but they have been made transparent temporarily as you are in the Aero Peek mode.

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HomeGroup – Networking made eaaaassyyyyy.

Windows 7 : HomeGroup

Windows 7 : HomeGroup

Ever wanted to share your music, pictures and documents within your home computers and found the task to be difficult? HomeGroup in Windows 7 will simplify the tasks associated with sharing music, pictures and documents within your home network and Windows 7 PCs. HomeGroup also allows you to share your USB connected printers, if you have a printer in the living room that’s shared by HomeGroup it will be automatically installed onto your other HomeGroup enabled PCs. Domain-joined computers can be part of a HomeGroup too.

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Well that was just a basic preview of some of the new features of Windows 7. I will be back with some more. Till then, dont forget to google and better yet, try it yourself 🙂