Despite all the good things you have heard in Windows 7, you would still find things that Microsoft could have improved on and PC World staff has some notes on the things they want changed in the operating system.
These items that were questioned on the operating system are the following:
1. Most of the tools place menus on the left – this has always been the case and a major change would alienate users. Similar to websites, user interface engineers could have used various test results to determine that the menus are best placed on the left. I wouldn’t argue on this.
2. IE8 and help systems are shoved on the opposite side – why not? these are items you don’t usually use as much as the tools placed on the left menu and just put them on the opposite side, out in everyone’s way.
3. Why does the HomeGroup have zero, one or two capital letters – these are pure aesthetics that could go either way. Some people would like it, some people won’t.
4.Why does Office 2007 Ribbon interface show only in Paint and Wordpad – I don’t know, maybe another result of surveys? It would be boring if everything is ribbonized.
5. User Account Control has nothing to do with its usage – I think the name “user account control” is descriptive enough. No confusion here. I got confused that the author was confused.
6. Action Center feels like a local TV broadcast – ok, I felt the same way. The name was too cheesy for my taste.
Windows Update is irritating – I have always been irritated with Windows Update but as the saying goes, “it is a necessary evil”.
7. Rebooting still present – there should be a campaign on this since for decades Microsoft keeps on rebooting their system. It is annoying and hopefully Microsoft fixes this. They however made some improvements and at times they would just reboot the system during shutdown times. Nonetheless, this is not enough.
8. Windows 7 has hidden Federated Search – the federated search of Microsoft Windows 7 allows you to search Flickr and YouTube videos from the explorer but it doesn’t show you how to through the help systems. Ok, I haven’t used and seen the federated search of Win7, which means it is probably hidden. Or maybe they just didn’t update their documentation on it.
There are so many more things to change in Windows 7 and again, some features are like by some folks, some gets annoyed. How about you? What features do you like? What features do you don’t like?
Image from my Windows 7 run laptop.
Windows Vista right from the start was a very slow operating system and I couldn’t understand how Microsoft could have released an operating system that required so much hardware power before it could function decent enough. The software was slow and bloated and after a year or two, the operating system just keeps on getting better and better.
Because of this Microsoft Windows 7 is so much faster, and this is from a perspective of a user who has installed and currently using the operating system – me. This perspective however might just be from a look and feel …read more
If only I had time, I would like to build an application in Windows 7 which allows for customization of the operating system. But just like in Windows Vista, I couldn’t find time to do this. And for my customization needs I would be looking into third party applications to do this job and luckily Win7Zilla is available for free today. Win7Zilla can customize so many things in Windows 7 and today until October 21, this software is free for download. When Windows 7 is released on October 22, PCWorld is charging $16 dollars.
The application would allow you to …read more
A growing number of hardware manufacturers are creating touch screen based computers. Various “all in one” PC vendors have been stuffing the holes in the touch screen market like the TouchSmart software suite of HP, the touch screen apps from MSI and Asus and other third party touch screen applications from small vendors.
Microsoft Windows 7 should now be the best application or operating system to run various touch screen devices. Win 7 supports touch gestures to at least be at par with touch screen leaders like the Apple iPhone, T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, Palm Pre, Archos devices, etc. When …read more
I was excited when I first heard of the Microsoft Courier which looks like a next generation tablet PC wherein in has two screens that can be folder like a normal notebook. I thought this was going head to head with the rumored Apple tablet that had a lot of zooming, touch abilities, gesture sensitive device, but when I heard that Microsoft Courier would most likely use Windows 7, I was somehow disappointed.
I have nothing against Windows 7, and I have actually reported how happy and satisfied I am when I installed it on my laptop replacing Windows Vista …read more
More and more vendors are getting their products certified on Microsoft Windows 7 especially when the operating system is already due to be released on October 22 to the public.
The latest vendor to have their product certified is Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend) who is a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products who announced that StoreJet which is an external hard drive has received the Windows 7 compatibility certification. Because of this, the product can carry the branding “Compatible with Windows” logo on its packaging or product.
The products of Transcend that has been certified include their 2.5 …read more
The Windows 7 operating system would be out in around 3 weeks and as such pricing details are expected to roll-out. The OEM prices have already rolled-out and it seems the discount which was early given during the initial pre-order discount promo is still in effect. It is not clear though whether these discounts come from Microsoft or are shouldered by sellers to boost their hardware sales.
In any case, US retailer Newegg.com has already posted various Windows 7 OEM prices where they highlight over 50 percent in savings if you buy now. The full copy of Windows 7 Home …read more
Most people would not have the budget to buy a super power laptop like an Alienware and see their computer boot up Windows Vista in less than 10 seconds. This is the super high-end of the consumer computing market and in most cases users can wait more than 10 seconds before their operating system can boot up.
Today, the 10 second barrier can become an average “Joe” standard for booting up Windows with the help of the BIOS being developed from Phoenix. I haven’t heard of Phoenix for the longest time but I can recall my PC back in college …read more
How about using the latest operating system from Microsoft and having 16 long hours of battery life? That is right, 16 hours of battery life which Panasonic says is unmatched in the industry.
I have always admired Panasonic Toughbook and once wanted to have one if not for its pricey tag and medium hardware specifications. The Toughbook which is a fav choice for most Japanese hackers has both the N8 and S8 models, both have Windows 7 installed on the system.
The N8 and S8 models are called “winter season computers” and are powered by Core 2 Duo P8700 at 2.53 GHz …read more
Lenovo and Microsoft have teamed up to provide the Windows 7 certification wherein Think and Idea PCs of Lenovo would have the certification — “Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience”. Those that have this certification means the computer is optimized to run Microsoft’s Windows 7 which is due for release on October 2. Aside from that, Lenovo is utilizing Windows 7 touch capability by putting the feature in their ThinkPad X200 and ThinkPad T400s.
On September 28, Lenovo officially announced to look at products that include the “Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience” certification. Some of the benefits of the certified machines include …read more