Wait is over for what is new in windows. Microsoft’s much awaited upgrade to Vista, Microsoft 7 hit the market in October 2009. In comparison to its predecessor it carried enhancements eagerly awaited by the users. In Microsoft7, a great attention has been paid to the Gen-Next’s needs.

It is to be noted here that the Windows 7 is the latest public release version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops; notebooks, tablet PCs, and media centre PCs.

Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista.

What is new in windows while comparing, the vista the Microsoft 7 is the elimination of excess programs that made Windows Vista bulky. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft focused on making the operating system compatible with a full range of software and hardware.

Unlike Vista, which introduced a large number of new features, Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being fully compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible.

In Microsoft 7, Windows Calendar, Windows Mail and Windows Movie Maker, among others, have not been incorporated. Now known as package called Window Live Essentials these are offered free. The changes taken place in the Microsoft7 include the wallpapers that come with vista like classic start menu, windows media player taskbar mini player have been discontinued.

The taskbar has been importantly revised in Windows 7, although it still keeps the same Aero user interface introduced in Vista. It is 10 pixels taller with larger icons. The quick launch panel has been replaced by the ability to pin applications directly to the taskbar for instant access to frequently used programs.

Windows 7 also brings the addition of two user interface components, “Devices and Printers” and “Device Stage”. Both allow users to easily see what devices are connected to their computers as well as their capabilities. “Devices and Printers” is a new applet accessible from the control panel that lists the plug-n-play devices hooked up to the computer. “Device Stage” is a central place for multi-function devices to display their functionality to the user.

While Microsoft claims that Windows 7 is only a minor upgrade, users find a more streamlined operating system that has been redesigned to give them the performance they have been craving since Windows XP.