Microsoft Windows 7 is here and it was worth the wait! Windows 7 delivers unprecedented performance, stability, security, functionality, and ease of use. Your PC starts up faster, uses less energy, and lets you be much more productive.
Key features of Windows 7
Application Compatibility - Windows 7 is built on the same underlying architecture as Vista while delivering greater performance and reliability. The Windows 7 design team focused specifically on compatibility with existing applications.
Better Together with Windows Server 2008 - Windows 7 and Server 2008 share a common code base and are maintained with a single servicing model to provide updates across both platforms. The common code base also enables advanced functions like DirectAccess that allows management and updating of remote and mobile PCs that are connected to the Internet even when they are not on the corporate network.
Extend Data Encryption to Removable Media - Windows 7 includes BitLocker technology and now provides full encryption of all boot volumes on a PC. BitLocker To Go offers data protection on portable storage like USB flash drives. Both can be managed via Group Policy for centralized management.
Create, Deploy, and Manage Images More Efficiently - Windows 7 includes a portfolio of tools to streamline the creation and management of deployment images to get users up and running as quickly as possible. The Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool is a central location to build and service Windows 7 images. Multicast Multiple Stream Transfer enables servers to broadcast image data to multiple clients simultaneously.
Easier Migration of User Data and Profiles - Windows 7 includes enhancements to the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to facilitate the migration of settings, files, and user profile data from one PC to another.
Improve Branch Office Productivity - Windows 7 introduces BranchCache, a technology that, paired with Windows Server 2008 R2, caches frequently used data from remote servers at the branch so users can access data more quickly.