Windows 7 Startup Screen
Windows 7 Startup Screen

Windows 7 is the latest successor to Microsoft's line of Operating Systems. While still only available for public beta download, it is being hailed by software developers and beta testers as being one of Window's best "release quality" betas. The new OS was designed to address several issues surrounding Microsoft's current OS Windows Vista, which was a relative flop following it's release thanks to delayed release of drivers, bloated system performance, and a rocky start with the new Direct X 10 graphics system. As a result, Microsoft doubled up it's efforts and created a lighter weighted OS capable of rivaling it's former OS Windows XP as well as their main competitor's OS, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Windows 7 maintains much of the same look in it's UI as Windows Vista, but with much improved functionality and many minor yet helpful design changes.

Windows 7 Dock in comparrison to the Mac OS X  Dock
Windows 7 Dock in comparrison to the Mac OS X Dock

System Requirements:
Processor Speed: 1 GHZ (32bit or 64bit)
RAM Memory: 1 GB
Minimum Graphics: Direct X 9.0 Capable
Minimum Graphics Memory: 128mb to run Aero
Install Space: 16gb HDD Space
Required Drives: DVD-ROM

Windows 7 was originally codenamed "Blackcomb" and was competing for the replacement of Windows XP in 2003. Vista, however, was chosen for development and the Blackcomb project was reset, later renamed "Vienna" in 2006 and finally settled on a more simplistic name, Windows 7, in 2007. In an attempt to regain a better image of Microsoft from users upset by the highly anticipated but poorly performing Vista release, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer decided to use Windows 7 as the official name in early 2008, symbolizing a more simplistic and easier to use OS. In addition, Microsoft developers broke the composition of the OS into several pieces with different teams assigned to completing different sections and assembling it as a whole in the final stage as opposed to having everyone working on development at the same time. This allowed for greater care and detail to be applied to each individual section as well as a smoother and highly refined final product. The first beta, Milestone 1 (build 6519), was released in January of 2008 to select Microsoft developments. In December of 2008, the build was leaked onto the internet, and preliminary testing showed an OS with faster load and run times than both Windows XP and Windows Vista. On January 7, 2009, the first public beta of Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) was released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers during CES2009, and soon after the 64bit version was leaked onto the internet. On January 9, 2009, the beta was opened up for download on the Microsoft site briefly, but had to be taken down soon after as a result of the extremely high demand placed on the download servers. After adding more servers and removing the 2.5 million download limit, the beta was again made available. The beta will remain available for download until February 10, 2009.

Windows 7 New Features
New Features:
  • Touch Screen
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Problem Recorder
  • Wi-Fi Networking Improvments

Here is a link to download the beta version for Windows 7
Windows 7 Download