Lately when you hear about Windows 7, all you’re hearing about is Shake, the new task bar, and Homegroup.
I’ve just installed it as a primary OS, and these are some more obscure facts.
- Windows 7, comes with IE8. IE8 has not been released yet. I think its kinda cool that IE8 was included and not older IE7.
- Skype 3.8 (Latest at the time) has compatibility issues. The solution is to download Skype 4 Beta 3. But as everyone knows Skype 4 Beta Sucks, still I’m in a good mood, so I’ll comply for now.
- UAC is a lot less intrusive, and not so annoying, usually its the first thing I turn off, well its been 30 minutes and its still on 🙂
- The “Vista Search Sucks Issue” IS finally fixed. THANK YOU MICROSOFT for doing something right! Its not 100%, but it does mean I can uninstall custom search tools, and find non indexed files again.
- The task bar and quick launch are combined, when a window requires an action, its icon glows on the task bar, doesn’t flash and annoy +10 points to the developers who thought of this.
- AVG free works with Windows 7, sorry can’t afford Nod32 🙂
- Its very easy to secure a removable HDD using BitLocker, right click action and follow a Wizard. Unfortunately its not so easy to secure your system drive.
- Paint still sucks, its interface has been redesigned to use a ribbon, but its still a sad little application.
- There is no “classic” view in the control panel, but the control panel looks pretty easy to use, so no complaints there.
- Windows and Icons draw quicker with less all round lag.
- Media Player 12 is clean. A lot of people give media player a bad wrap, but its a first class media player, has been since version 11.
- Same games as Vista. Exactly the same, not enhanced or rewritten.
- Same defragmentation tool, no user interface.
- No need to store everything in txt files, you can now create notes, which are also indexed for each searching. Just good for real basis notes.
- New command line – called Windows Powershell, this is really worth a look at for most developers
- Calculator looks better, has some new conversion features
- Gadgets are suddenly usable, because they’re not attached to the side bar.
- Still no iPod integration with Media Player.