What Features Will Be New in Windows 7?
The details of Windows 7 are being kept much more confidential than previous editions of Windows. That’s a deliberate policy by Microsoft to avoid detracting attention from Vista, and over-hyping features which might not appear in the final model. The first technical details will be released during two conferences in October.
Microsoft has already said the fundamentals of Windows 7 will be similar to Vista. It is being built using the same kernel as Vista, which is pretty much the brain of a computer. The kernel decides how to allocate memory to different programs, and even decides exactly what the computer should do at any particular instant.
This means Windows 7 is going to be very much a revamp rather than a complete rewrite of Vista. Indeed, Microsoft may be hoping to produce a system with all the good features of Vista but without the negative stigma that accompanied it.
Some of the most likely changes are making the User Account Control security feature less intrusive in daily computer use, and refining the Aero graphics system to use less memory.
Besides tweaking some of the problems from Vista, the biggest change officially announced so far is greater support for touchscreen technology, similar to that used on the iPhone.
There are also several changes which technology writers have suggested which, while not officially confirmed, appear to have a decent shot of making it into Windows 7. These include a ‘barebones’ edition designed for older computers, a specific gaming mode designed for the high graphics demands of video games, and a cut in the number of different editions of the operating system which buyers have to choose from.