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March 30, 2009

How Can You Benefit from Windows 7

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It seems that everyone is talking about Windows 7 these days, but have you looked at how the new os will be able to benefit you?

You’ve heard people say that Windows 7 is better than Vista and XP, that it has more features and that the 6 editions that you’ll get to choose from will have everything you need in an os.

But what are the improvements in Windows 7 that will benefit you? How can you be sure if upgrading to Windows 7 (or better yet, skipping Vista) is the right choice for you?

Well these aren’t easy decisions to make, and I’m not going to tell you what to do. What I am going to do is provide you with the resources and information you need to help you make the right decision.

Introducing Windows 7

Introducing Windows 7 -- click to play

To start off, take a look at this Introducing Windows 7 video from Microsoft (make sure you’re using IE to view it).

If you haven’t been reading up about Windows 7 or playing around with the beta, this is a good place to start.

Windows 7 Features

Another nice way (and a bit more in-depth) to learn about the new features in Windows 7 is on TechNet, in a little section called Windows 7 Feature Walkthroughs.

The videos in this lineup include:

  • User State Migration Tool
  • DirectAccess
  • User Account Control (UAC)
  • AppLocker
  • Problem Steps Recorder (probably the coolest thing I’ve seen)
  • and a few others

Windows 7 Improvements

There are a few places where you can learn more details about the major improvements in Windows 7.

One document I’d definitely recommend taking a closer look at is the Windows 7 Manageability Overview created by Microsoft. It includes information about reducing cost of ownership, increasing automation, improving user productivity and much more.

There are also a number of articles that focus on specific improvements on the Engineering Windows 7 blog.

Everything there is to know about Windows 7

If you want to go Windows 7 crazy and learn everything there is to know about it go for the Windows 7 Developer Guide.

Just be warned, this is not a light read; it pretty much covers every feature and aspect of Windows 7 that you’d want to know (and then some). I did not read through this document personally, but since this document has been downloaded over 73 thousand times, I’d say it’s pretty popular.

Staying up-to-date on Windows 7

Windows 7 will go through some changes before its release so keeping up with any new developments will definitely benefit you in the long run.

I’d suggest checking out the Windows 7 Team blog or just reading the latest tech news, or subscribing to our feed (did you know we have monthly giveaways for our email subscribers?).

We also started bookmarking interesting articles and useful resources on Delicious, so you can expect more good info from us there — check out what we have under our Windows 7 tag so far.

Test the new OS yourself with Windows 7 Beta

I would also recommend testing out the beta version, but it looks like Windows 7 Beta downloads are no longer available.

If you’re a TechNet Plus Direct subscriber you still can — just go under Downloads, and Windows 7 (again, make sure you’re downloading from IE).

TechNet Plus Direct -- Available Downloads

And if you don’t have a TechNet Plus subscription it’s never too late to get one — see what the TechNet Plus subscription has to offer and if you like what you see make sure to get 15% off with this coupon code: TNTS03.

Other Windows 7 Resources

What are you favorite Windows 7 resources? Have you found an article or a video that’s useful and informative?

Please share them in the comments below!

About the Author

served as the editor-in-chief of the TrainSignal blog from 2007 - 2012. In addition to covering a variety of topics, including IT certification, training and technology news, Kasia was also responsible for the content strategy and website management at TrainSignal. You can connect with Kasia on Twitter @kasialorenc.


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