Microsoft Windows 7, the latest version of Windows operating system, was launched in India today. Windows 7 comes with several new features like Aero, Shake, Peek, Snap, Jump Lists and a redesigned Windows Taskbar. Windows 7 users can make use of new features such as HomeGroup, Play To, Windows Live Movie Maker and Remote Media Streaming.
Microsoft has unveiled six different editions of Window 7 for different user segments. These are Windows 7 Home Premium for home consumers, Windows 7 Professional for small and medium sized businesses, Windows 7 Starter edition, Windows 7 Home Basic edition (in Emerging Markets only), Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. The low-end version of Windows 7 will be available at a price of Rs5,899, while the highest version will have a price tag of around Rs11,799.
The hardware requirements for installing Windows 7 in your computer are: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor ; 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit); 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) and DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
Windows Vista, the operating system that preceded Windows 7, was considered a flop since it took up enormous computer resources, and performed slow. Microsoft seeks to put its sullied Vista past behind, with the launch of the new Windows 7.
Windows 7 has promising features like reliability, responsiveness and an overall simplified PC experience.
The hardware, software and services being developed would be able to serve more than a billion computers around the world. Microsoft has done a worldwide research to test more than 600 new features to be included in Windows 7. Microsoft had also launched the beta version of Windows 7 earlier to know the response of consumers around the world. 8 million users have tested the beta version and most of them were satisfied with the same.
Over 45,000 retailers around the world will sell Windows 7 while more than 100 different Windows 7 PCs will be available to all OEMs in India within 30 days. Windows 7 has started its run around the world by enrolling more than 50,000 developers in the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program. More than 17,000 software and hardware companies are building solutions on Windows 7.
Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India said while announcing the launch of Windows 7, “Proactive engagement and feedback thereof with partners and consumers was fundamental to the development of Windows 7. It has helped deliver what is the highest quality OS in the history of Windows. It enhances the user experience by its sheer simplicity and caters to their connected lives across work and play. We are delighted by the initial reviews from partners and the technology community.”