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What's new in Windows 7?
According to a Computer World review, Windows 7 looks much like Windows Vista,but there have been some nifty interface tweaks, and more are on the way. Amongst the many new features, there is a drastically redesigned and more functional Taskbar. When the new interface takes effect, according to Microsoft and to screenshots that the company has supplied, the Taskbar will be somewhat similar to Mac OS X's Dock. Large application icons on the Taskbar will launch programs when clicked, and you can customize which applications live there. The Quick Launch bar will be history, because the entire Taskbar now acts as a Quick Launch bar, an addition to its other capabilities. And when you run applications, their icons will show up on the Taskbar as well. The Windows Sidebar has been dispensed with, but Gadgets remain. They are no longer confined to the Sidebar and can live anywhere on the desktop. (Info source: Computer World)
Windows 7 Accessibility
AbilityNet's David Banes has had a chance to have a look at the new Windows 7 and here's a quick summary of his findings:
" Windows 7 beta has some major upgrades to its accessibility options/ease of access
1 Full screen magnification in Magnifier
2 Resizeable on screen keyboard
3 Full word prediction in the On screen Keyboard
4 Multiple profiles now easily managed in Voice recognition
5 Enlarged dispaly settings available from desktop
Very good news and I think evidence that Microsoft have been listening very carefull to the inclusion community - we should be welcoming all of these steps forward. "
See David's full review at: www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog . . .
Got a problem with Windows 7? Why not use Problem Steps Recorder to help solve it
|The Problem Steps Recorder in the Windows 7 operating system is a feature that enables users to record their interactions with an application and provide a detailed screen-by-screen view with accompanying information. |
Learn how the recording can be used to quickly identify problems and help reduce time spent with the help desk.
How to use Problem Steps Recorder . . .
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Computer World in-depth review and videos . . .
Windows 7 RC1 Review (PC Advisor) . . .
Windows 7 and the visually impaired (Blog) . . .
Windows 7 Magnifier . . .
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|Using Magnifier to stretch video across several monitors||Windows 7 Speech Recognition - User review|
|Windows 7 On Screen Keyboard||Windows 7 Desktop - User first impressions|
|The Development of Windows 7 Desktop - Part 2|
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You might find this advice from Sukhdev Tatter, an independent consultant, quite useful:
A new computer this Christmas will most likely come with Windows 7, so it’s worth checking to see if Windows 7 will work with your existing printer, scanner and other peripheral/external devices. Or if considering an upgrade to Windows 7, check if your current system can handle it, i.e. if your computer has enough memory, the right processor, if your programs will work, etc. Do this by running Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor as described below (you must be running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista in order to use the advisor).
Firstly make sure that all the devices you wish to use with Windows 7 are connected to your computer.
Go to the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor website by following the link below (hold down the Ctrl key and click on the link, or copy and paste it into the address bar of your web browser).
Check the information on the website and if happy with everything then download the Advisor program. Save it to a location on your hard drive or the desktop and make a note of where it is being saved and what it is being saved as: by default this should be Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.
Now go to the saved file and install it by double clicking the file. Follow the on screen instruction to install. To run the Advisor click Start, All Programs, Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
Once the Advisor has analysed your system it will give you a report on::
If your system can run Windows 7 and which edition will be most suitable,. Which devices will and will not work., Which software will and will not work., Recommendations on how to overcome any problem.
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