Microsoft Simplifies the PC With Windows 7

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Today Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of its new Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 delivers on a simple premise: make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC. The new operating system 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.

"With Windows 7, there’s never been a better time to be a PC," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "Together with our partners, we’re bringing more choice, flexibility and value to the market than ever before. With Windows 7, you’re sure to find a PC that fits your life."

Building Windows 7 has been a collaborative process from the beginning, with Microsoft’s engineers and designers working with customers and partners to build an operating system that delivers on the vision of the PC, simplified. In a speech in New York, Ballmer thanked the millions of volunteers who helped improve the product by testing early versions.

"A project with the global customer reach of Windows can only be done as a team," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, speaking at a launch event in Tokyo. "We are grateful for the valuable contributions from customers, partners and developers around the world that helped make Windows 7 such a collaborative project."

On Sale Worldwide Today

The global availability of Windows 7 is joined by an unprecedented array of new PCs and software programs. With more PC options available for customers today at a wide range of price points starting under $300, customers can choose the PC that fits their personality, style and needs, from netbooks, ultrathin notebooks and highly interactive multitouch laptops to all-in-one desktops and high-end, water-cooled gaming machines.

A newly launched section of 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 or at the new Microsoft Store, launching today in its first retail location in Scottsdale, Ariz., and expanded online. 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. Information on these offers can be found at

To show how Windows 7 simplifies the PC, today Microsoft is launching 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.

Simplifying the PC

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:

  Simplifies Everyday Tasks
  --  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.

  Makes New Things Possible
  --  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.

  Partners Rally Around Windows 7

Along with increased customer involvement, Microsoft’s partners had a closer, more involved role in the product vision and planning process with Windows 7. The collaborative approach to engaging partners to inform development efforts has resulted in improved performance for PCs as well as compatibility with a broad range of software and hardware across the Windows ecosystem. More than 50,000 developers from 17,000 companies are enrolled in the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program to build solutions for Windows 7. Together, these partners are developing hardware, software and services capable of reaching more than a billion PCs around the world.

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