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13 new technologies coming to your PC

Analysis: the future of the PC revealed

Ultra-small PCs that fit on a single chip. Batteries that recharge without cables. TVs that respond to your every gesture. These and other developing technologies will fundamentally change the way you think about and use your computer. PC Advisor looks at the technology of tomorrow.

Windows 7 – inevitably

Whether you love Vista or hate it, the current Windows OS will soon go to that great digital graveyard in the sky. After the tepid reception Vista received, Microsoft is putting a rush on that O's follow-up, known currently as Windows 7.

What is it?

Windows 7 seems to be the OS that Microsoft wanted to release as Vista, but lacked the time or resources to complete. Besides continuing refinements to the OS's security system, look and feel, Windows 7 may finally bring to fruition the long-rumoured database-like WinFS file system.
 
Performance and compatibility improvements over Vista are also expected, but the main thrust of Windows 7 is likely to be enhanced online integration and more cloud-computing features. Expect Microsoft to tie its growing Windows Live services into the OS more strongly than ever.

Before his retirement as Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates suggested that a ‘pervasive desktop' would be a focus of Windows 7, giving users a way to take all their data, settings and the like from one PC to another.

When is it coming?

Microsoft has a target date of January 2010 for the release of Windows 7.

The OS got its first official viewing in October, with a handful of developers getting their hands on the initial test code.

NEXT PAGE: SuperSpeed USB

  1. Analysis: the future of the PC revealed
  2. A groundbreaking new circuit
  3. 32-core computing
  4. 64bit computing with more RAM
  5. Windows 7 – inevitably
  6. SuperSpeed USB
  7. Goodbye graphics cards
  8. Recharge without wires
  9. Gesture recognition
  10. Curtains for DRM
  11. The Google PC
  12. Your fingers do even more walking
  13. Mobile-phone ticketing
  14. Location, location, location


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