Microsoft today launched Windows 7, the next generation operating system that will follow Windows Vista and Windows XP. Microsoft started beta testing of Windows 7 on the beginning of this year, which so far crossed 8 million in number of testers. Windows 7 has a new streamlined user interface, performance upgrades, touch support and couple of new features. As per Microsoft Windows 7 is not a major Windows upgrade, but tweaked version of Windows Vista that covers and fixes the disadvantage it had. More than 80% of beta testers agreed with this argument and they certified Windows 7 as the best Windows after Windows XP. Hardware requirements of Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions remains the same as in Windows Vista . On the software side , users can even run applications wrote for Windows XP using the XP mode . Confirming the global announcement , Microsoft India also came up with country specific price and versions of Windows 7 .
Few notable features of Windows 7 .
Redesigned user interface .
Windows XP mode.
Touch support in compatible PC’s .
Improvements in speed .
Improved Windows search with library based and faster output .
Snap and Jump lists for customization or programs ,menus ,tabs and windows .
Purchase includes 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 versions that you can select as per requirements .
New Windows media player 12 ,Windows Live essential pack and other security applications.
Features differs in Windows 7 versions Ultimate ,Professional , home premium and basic (for netbooks) .
Windows 7 was the best pre-ordered item as per Amazon records . Pre-orders for Windows 7 upgrade and full version were available at reduced prices till yesterday . Price of Windows 7 versions in India is almost 40 % less than that is available in US . Interested users can buy Windows 7 form authored Microsoft retailers and online stores .
Windows 7 hardware requirements :
1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor .
Minimum 1 GB RAM 32-bit or 2 GB RAM 64-bit .
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver .
Those who are not sure about thier PC hardware can download Windows 7 upgrade adviser to check if its is compatible with the new OS .
Windows 7 price in India :
Windows 7 Ultimate : 11800 INR
Windows 7 Professional : 11200 INR
Windows 7 Home Premium : 6800 INR
Windows 7 Home Basic : 5900 INR
These are approximate Indian prices of Windows 7 which would vary based on location and availability .