Magazine article Technology & Learning

Windows 7 Ultimate

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Windows 7 Ultimate

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www.microsoft.com Retail price: $40 (upgrade to Windows 7 Professional for teachers and students)

The new Windows 7 is faster and more stable than Windows Vista. It looks good on the desktop and works well with many applications that schools and districts have been using for years (e.g., Office 2003). Plus, its graphical Windows Aero interface resembles Vista's, so it won't take users long to get up to speed if they're migrating. Even more important for education, Windows 7 includes several new user-friendly tools and features particularly suited to teaching and learning. This brief review examines several reasons to upgrade.

PROS: It's a friendly operating system with an intuitive look and feel. The improved Windows 7 desktop gives you scalable "live" icons that preview a photo image or the first page of a document and "pin" options that let you attach program icons permanently to the taskbar and the start menu for easy access. Windows 7 includes several handy program accessories, like Sticky Notes, which lets you create colored Post-it-like notes for the desktop. …

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