By Woody Leonhard
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so difficult to manage and share files in Windows, you’ll be delighted with two significant new features in Windows 7.
These new capabilities, called Libraries and Homegroups, make finding files and connecting with resources on other PCs so easy you’ll think you’re using a Mac!
Windows 7 packs an entire laundry list — nay, several laundry lists — of changes. These include little user-interface tweaks, new glitz and gewgaws, shored-up security (again), reams of troubleshooting tools, and better support for third-party hardware and software.
In sharp contrast to the more, more, more of past Windows revisions, there’s much less, less, less in Win7. As I mentioned in my Feb. 19 column (paid content), Windows 7 banishes many old applications and replaces them with downloadable Windows Live Essentials. The “Essentials” vary from the useful Windows Live Messenger to the arguably competitive Windows Live Photo Gallery to the hopelessly inept Windows Live Movie Maker beta.
As you would expect, there’s lots to learn about Windows 7, but there’s also lots to like about it. You can get a sneak peek at the new release’s new features on Microsoft’s Windows 7 site. To find out whether your PC is ready for the new OS, download and run the beta of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft’s download page.