Microsoft has announced the worldwide availability of its new Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 offers a streamlined user interface and significant new features that make everyday tasks easier and allow people to get the most out of computers of all styles and sizes.
A basic home version of Windows 7, available only in emerging countries such as India, Windows 7 Home Basic is priced at Rs 5,899 excluding taxes. Windows 7 Home Premium is Rs 6799, Windows 7 Professional is Rs 11199 and Windows 7 Ultimate is Rs 11799.
If you are upgrading from Windows XP or Windows Vista,the price will be lesser than the Full Retail version. For ecample, Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade costs approximately 4,500 Indian Rupees, while the Full Retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium edition costs you INR 6,799/-
The approximate prices in United States for Windows 7 upgrade are Windows 7Home Premium – $119.99, Windows 7 professional – $199.99 and Windows 7 Ultimate – $219.99. The complete Windows 7 package approximately costs $199.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium, $299.99 for Windows 7 Professional and $319.99 for Windows 7 Ultimate.
According to Microsoft, at least 1,500 Indian firms, including Infosys and Wipro, are soon changing over to Windows 7.
A newly launched section of Windows.com called PC Scout will guide users through selecting and purchasing the right PC. Customers can purchase PCs with Windows 7 or software upgrades online or in-store from technology retailers. Retailers and technology partners are also featuring a series of limited-time offers for customers looking for great deals on Windows 7-based PCs, devices and software.
To show how Windows 7 simplifies the PC, Microsoft launched the next wave of its global “I’m a PC” campaign. The global enthusiasm of Windows users is also contributing to the way many people around the world will experience Windows 7 for the first time. Tens of thousands of customers have volunteered to host launch parties or meet-ups beginning today, showing off Windows 7 to friends and family members.
Over the past 18 months, feedback from more than a billion opt-in customer sessions and 8 million beta testers validated Microsoft’s research on how to simplify everyday tasks. Here are a few of the many ways users will experience a more simplified PC with Windows 7:
Taskbar: The go-to spot for launching programs and switching windows, the taskbar has been completely redesigned to help users work smarter, cut clutter, and get more done, with features such as thumbnail previews of Web pages, documents — even running video.
HomeGroup: Users can easily share their files and printers with other PCs running Windows 7 in their home.
Windows 7 Device Stage: This shows the status of all connected devices such as cameras and mobile phones, and makes it easier to synchronize and manage them.
Photos and videos: Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker (available via download) offer customers great, free options to edit photos and videos and easily share them with loved ones.
Snap: Users can drag an open window to the screen’s border to automatically re-size it. Snap two different windows to the left and right borders for a perfect comparison.
Shake: Users can click on a window pane and shake the mouse to minimize all other open windows, then shake the pane again to restore the windows to their original sizes.
Internet Explorer 8: Microsoft’s fastest, easiest and safest browser ever offers smart new features such as Instant Search, Accelerators and Web Slices to help users get more out of the Web.
Works the Way Users Want: Faster on, faster off. Every Windows 7 user will benefit from the focus on underlying performance, faster startup, resuming and shut down time, and enhanced power management.
Mobile made easier: All of a user’s mobile computing settings are in one place with the Windows Mobility Center.
Protecting the PC: Safeguarding the data on a PC is easier with advanced backup capabilities and the free Microsoft Security Essentials download to help protect users against viruses, spyware and other malicious software.
Windows Touch: Users can interact with the PC with a touch-screen monitor, using their fingers and multitouch gestures.
PlayTo: Users can stream their digital music, videos and photos to other PCs or devices such as an Xbox 360 console connected to the TV.
Internet TV: New content providers and an improved interface make it even easier to watch TV on the PC.
Rich Gaming and Graphics: Windows 7 includes performance enhancements that take power gaming and entertainment to a new level, with 64-bit support and DirectX 11 graphics.
Location-aware Printing: Documents are sent to the right printer whether it’s at home or at the office. And with Offline Files users can work offline and automatically synchronize between a PC and documents on their office network.