Windows Vista wasn’t exactly well received by the tech community–it had numerous bugs, too-strict security standards, and simply didn’t catch on as well as Windows’ earlier incarnation, XP. An operating system is pretty much judged by the success of its sales, and while Vista didn’t do bad, it just wasn’t gaining enough market share for software and hardware manufacturers to consider it seriously.
Microsoft has quickly developed a follow-up to Vista, the more boringly named Windows 7. Here’s a few reasons why Windows 7 will be a huge improvement over the current version of Windows Vista.
1. Improved hardware support. One of the issues with Vista was driver conflicts and poor hardware support, even from major hardware manufacturers. In Windows 7, Microsoft is taking hardware support seriously, and in addition to the drivers and support included in Vista, efforts are being taken to include more devices. New tracing tools are monitoring the speed of a computer’s performance when different hardware is installed, and Windows 7 will handle and deal with conflict issues in a more efficient and complete way than Windows Vista had.
2. Faster performance. Windows 7 is basically an improved version of Windows Vista, so it has kept some of the indexing features that Vista users cited as an improvement over Windows XP, but Microsoft has worked on performance in general and claims that Windows 7 will be its fastest operating system, already beating Vista and XP in key areas such as boot-up and shutdown time.
3. Revamped taskbar. The quick launch and task bar have been merged to create a more intuitive, “user-focused” desktop experience, according to Microsoft staff. In the beta release, the task bar looks both simplified and more elegant, and navigating to find different programs has gotten easier. One caveat is that unlike in previous versions, it’s impossible to choose a “classic” layout for the task bar, but the new version seems elegant enough that most users won’t be annoyed by that.
4. Reduced security prompts. In Windows Vista, security prompts preceded nearly every action that a user would want to take, even opening and installing some programs, making it quite a hassle to get anything done. Those UAC prompts will be diminished in Windows 7, which will also make it an easier operating system for developers to use, which should lead to more widespread software support.
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