Technology Nov 2008
Windows 7.0 taking shape
Browser and OS updates
Windows 7, the
next version of Microsoft’s pervasive operating system is now with
software developers who’re optimising applications ahead of a beta
release early in 1999 and general release in 2010.
The new software for laptop and desktop PCs has improved energy efficiency and security and a more intuitive ability to move in and out of networks. The operating system (OS) will adapt to how the user works with a more flexible look and feel. There’ll be ‘device management’ for a full media and entertainment experience.
There’s a greater focus on application and device compatibility,
which some see as addressing issues with Windows Vista, Microsoft’s
current version now selling with most PCs. It will include
location-aware printing, detecting networking capabilities and knowing
whether a printer is at work or at home.
Wait for Explorer 8
The new version features a ‘smart’ address bar that remembers websites and redirects users if they’ve visited before, and includes an ‘In Private’ browsing feature that ensures temporary files and cookies are not recorded on the PC.
The ‘Activities’ function allows user to use address information found on one page for example, in conjunction with a mapping service without leaving the original site. A new security feature enables users to block content from third-parties trying to track online behaviour.
Explorer has around 75 percent share in the browser market.Microsoft’s last upgrade, Internet Explorer 7 was released to the general public in October 2006.
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