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There are a ton of new features that make Windows 7 an absolutely must upgrade. Let’s take a look at the top seven features of Windows 7:
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Play to is one of the most powerful digital media features to come along in over a decade. With Play to your Windows 7 PC or laptop is more than just a digital media storage device, it's the command centre for every DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) device in your home.
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Play to unites your entire network, connecting every DLNA device to your Windows 7 PC, giving you the power to push your content with the click of a button. No more waiting for connections, no more wading through device menus. Simply select your media, right click, and Play to that device.
Want to see your latest adventure shots on your digital photo frame? Select your favourites, right click and Play to. Got a favourite home video that you want to show off on the big screen? Right click, select your DLNA HDTV and Play to. Party just getting started and you need some tunes to round it out? Select your DLNA stereo component, right click and Play to.
It's that easy - no messing with settings or trying to manually configure your devices. Every DLNA device in your Homegroup will automatically see and use Play to - even devices like your Xbox 360!
Worried about formats? Windows 7 will intelligently stream a format that your network device can play and you’ve instantly got music. Play, stop, skip tracks - your PC or laptop becomes your remote!
With Play to and Windows 7 you’re in control. DLNA and Play to helps unlock the potential of your wireless home!
While the taskbar is something that first appeared in Windows 95 it has evolved with every release since. The taskbar at the bottom of your screen is what you use to launch programs and switch between them when they're open.
Windows 7 makes it easier to find and use your favourite programs by pinning them to the taskbar - that means they’re only a single click away from fun or productivity. You can rearrange the icons on the taskbar, which is great for prioritizing your work. You can hover over the icons (they’re larger now) and see a thumbnail. Hover over the thumbnail and you get a full-screen preview. The Windows 7 taskbar gets how you work and makes it easier to get things done.
Windows 7 gives you a whole new way to interact with your desktop and programs - Aero Shake - and it's a smart feature that makes sense. When you're working with a program you want to focus on, simply grab the title bar with the mouse and give your program a shake. Everything else on the desktop will automatically minimize, making it a snap to direct your attention where you need it most.
Snap gives you a fast (and fun!) way to resize windows. Pull them to the top or side of the screen to expand vertically, take up the entire screen, or appear side-by-side with another window. Great for organizing your thoughts and your workflow.
Peek gives you the power of X-ray vision; simply hover over the taskbar icon and get a quick view of the Windows 7 desktop. Quick access to your desktop means faster access to the workspace you need.
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To round out the list here are two bonus features:
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Got a program that you love that’s a little finnicky about how it wants to run on next generation operating systems? Windows 7 Pro offers Windows XP compatibility mode, a virtualization mode that enables robust compatibility with Windows XP programs. It’s the best of both worlds - you can enjoy state-of-the art Windows performance with fantastic backwards compatibility.
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Windows 7 Ultimate supports cutting edge data encryption designed to keep your information safe. No one ever wants to contemplate a world where their laptop or desktop is at risk - but data encryption helps to reduce that stress by securing your information. You can rest easier knowing that your private information won't be at risk.
Windows 7 is the best way to get the most out of any new PC - and it’s the perfect way to tune up your existing PCs. Microsoft has worked hard to ensure that everyone’s up to date on Windows 7 driver creation, making the transition easier than ever.
The Windows 7 Action Centre keeps you on track with your productivity and collects all of the notices you’ll need, without interrupting your workflow. For portables power management is improved, with more options for intelligent screen brightness controls and smart sleep and hibernate options.
Full 64-bit compatibility gives Windows 7 a huge advantage with modern PCs; take advantage of the full power inside your system and compute with speed and power. If you've got a computer with multiple 64-bit cores you'll see great returns with Windows 7.
Windows 7 offers new ways to experience, share, and control your media. With the streamlined interface of Windows Media Centre (available in select versions of Windows 7) you can browse and enjoy your media content. Use a TV tuner to schedule and record your favourite TV shows through a smart TV guide.
Streaming media at home is simple with Windows 7. Send your media to your TV through a media extender or a home console like the Xbox 360. Streaming is the perfect way to take advantage of a powerful media PC without having to keep it close to your HDTV.
You can go beyond the limits of your own home with a Windows 7 portable and a Windows 7 home PC. Connect to your media across the internet and enjoy your libraries on the go.
Windows 7 ties all of your media together with powerful social networking tools through Windows Live. Whether you’re blogging, chatting with friends with Windows Live Messenger, or Tweeting your status updates, Windows Live integrates into Windows 7 to keep you in touch.
Windows 7 delivers on the promise of the most intelligent, most friendly, best version of Windows ever. With comprehensive productivity tools and amazing new interface enhancements, Windows 7 is the perfect choice for you new and existing PCs.
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