Posted by:Monica Samuel August 31st, 2012

The foray of Windows 8, expected in October, into enterprise spaces and homes is reminiscent of the time when Windows Vista was coming out. There was a stable and highly adopted Windows XP already running on many PCs then and Windows Vista came as a big letdown. Windows XP users stayed where they were till Windows 7 came out. Now that’s an operating system worth its salt … which is why many users plan to hold out on the new and upcoming Windows 8.

Why users love Windows 7?

While Windows 8 also includes everything good that’s available in Windows 7, users are resistant to it. This is primarily because of anxiety surrounding the UI. Considering that most reviewers are not happy with the Windows 8 UI either, their apprehension isn’t misplaced. Besides, the tablet-friendly Metro UI may not be the thing for all kinds of PC users.

Windows 7 on the other hand is a proven OS that’s received accolades on many counts.

#1. A great user experience: Though Windows 7 isn’t exactly tailor-made for touch interfaces, it has some capabilities that work well. However, more notable features of Windows 7 include:

  • Jump lists for quick access to favorites
  • Snap to resize and compare windows
  • Libraries for cataloging all your stuff under different heads irrespective of the actual location on your hard drive
  • HomeGroup for easy home networking and sharing of files, printers, etc., across connected PCs
  • Wi-Fi connection in a single click; so much more streamlined than on Windows Vista
  • Built-in themes, wallpapers, sounds, and design for a personalized desktop that can change automatically in intervals
  • Native read/write for Blu-ray discs
  • Live media streaming with native Windows Media Player
  • Open multiple instances of one program
  • Backward compatibility with Windows XP mode
  • Snazzier task manager and Start orb with functional changes
  • Aero Peek – a cool feature that makes all open windows transparent for a view of the desktop and gadgets
#2. Performance improvements: Plenty of under-the-hood changes – boot performance, kernel improvements, improved performance on multi-core processors, support for virtual hard disks and additional file formats, etc., make Windows 7 that much faster to boot or wake from sleep or hibernate mode. In addition, Windows 7 is way more accommodating when it comes to external device connections compared to Vista. Windows 7 also manages gadgets in a less power and memory consuming manner. And you can make system wide searches easily and quickly without slowing down your machine.

#3. Enterprise friendly features: Windows 7 is a great step ahead in terms of enterprise security and usage. The DirectAccess feature allows enterprises to establish a Bi-Directional Link among internal networks or over the internet to allow multiple users to remotely access the machines over the network (also need Windows Server 2008).

BranchCache can be used by office users and IT Admins for caching Intranet content and making access faster for remote users on a Windows 2008 R2. File History, secure boot, built-in antivirus protection, Hyper-V 3 on supported systems, and PowerShell Version 3 are all examples of new features that make Windows 7 a great OS for enterprises.

Windows 8 has the goods too

This is not to say that Windows 8 is any less capable than Windows 7. In fact, Microsoft has enhanced many of the good features of Windows 7, added a whole lot more and improved security measures and performance. It’s just the UI getting a thumb down.

What’s your current favorite in Microsoft operating systems?

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