What’s changed in Windows 7 Pro
Windows 7 is built on the Windows Vista kernel and was intended to be an update to the Vista OS. It uses the same Aero user interface (UI) that debuted in Windows Vista. As a result, too many end users, the biggest changes between Vista and Windows 7 were faster boot times, new UIs, and the addition of Internet Explorer (IE) 8. The OS is widely available in three retail editions: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Starter, Home Basic, and Enterprise editions are available in some markets.
In development, Windows 7 was known by the code names Blackcomb and Vienna.
With Windows 7, users can pin applications to the taskbar. In addition, users can rearrange the applications on the taskbar in any order they see fit. Other additions include libraries for storing files. The default library folders include Documents, Pictures, and Videos, each of which has a public and private version. In addition, Windows 7 was the first version of Windows to support multitouch capabilities. It also features more accurate handwriting recognition.
Windows 7 introduced the Snap and Shake capabilities. Snap enables a user to drag an open window to the left or right side of the screen and have it automatically resize to take up half the screen. If a user pulls the window off the side, it reverts to the size and shapes it was before he snapped it to the side of the screen. A user can automatically maximize a window by dragging it to the top of the screen.
With Shake, users can hide all inactive windows to reveal the desktop by clicking the top of an open window and quickly dragging it back and forth. Users can also easily reach the desktop with the Show Desktop button on the bottom right of the screen, which minimizes all open windows.