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Some cool new features in windows 7

November 17th, 2008 | by admin |

Windows 7 is currently in beta stage but it is attracting lots of peoples towards itself because of its some cool news features.Look of windows 7 is almost similar to windows vista.Some of the cool new features of windows 7.

Desktop Slide show

Windows Explorer also includes desktop slide show that changes the desktop background in a designated amount of time.

Multicore CPU support
In Windows 7 Microsoft is intending to increase performance on systems with multiple cores. There will be a noticeable increase in system performance if the load created by executing programs is shared across multiple cores where available.

Boot performance
According to data gathered from the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program, 35% of Vista  SP1 installations boot up in 30 seconds or less. The more lengthy boot times on the remainder of the machines  are mainly due to some services or programs that are loaded but are not required when the  system is first  started.Microsoft is working hard to improve the boot

Kernel features
Windows 7 is a major topic of technical sessions at WinHEC 2008 and was held on 4-6 November 2008 in Los Angeles The following improvements and additions to Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) kernel  components was discussed:

WDDM 1.1
Direct3D 11
Desktop Window Manager requires Direct3D 10.1
Direct2D and DirectWrite, new hardware-accelerated vector graphics APIs built on top of Direct3D 10
NDIS 6.20
DirectX Video Acceleration-High Definition (DXVA-HD)
AVCHD camera support and Universal Video Class 1.1
Protected Broadcast Driver Architecture (PDBA) for TV tuner cards
Bluetooth audio stack
Hyper-V and VHD support
Support for up to 256 logical processors

Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer in Windows 7 presents Libraries for different file types (documents, music, pictures, videos etc). Libraries are virtual folders that aggregate a content from various locations – including shared folders on networked systems – and present them in a unified view. Libraries are accessible from the Start menu,Windows Explorer also supports federating search to external data sources, such as custom databases or web services, that are exposed over the web and described via an OpenSearch definition.


Pinned applications

The features of the QuickLaunch toolbar have been integrated into the Windows 7 taskbar. The Windows 7 taskbar is more application-oriented than window-oriented. Applications can now be pinned to the taskbar

Enhanced preview pane
The preview pane which was introduced in Windows Vista has been expanded to not only preview the windows opened by the application in a small-sized thumbnail view, but to also interact with the preview pane.

Jump List

These are menu options available from right-clicking any of the icons on the taskbar. Each application will have unique jump lists which will correspond to the features unique to the application whether it be recent files opened or common tasks.

The user can choose which notification balloons will be shown. A drag and drop of hidden notifications into the visible notifications will allow the user to change the status of notifications.

Visible changes
The taskbar is 10 pixels taller than in Windows Vista to accommodate the new larger default icon size, though a smaller taskbar size is available. Users do not have the option to go back to the classic Windows taskbar. Running applications are denoted by a white border around the icon.

Source : WikiPedia

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