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Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard

Major features compared


Apple's Snow Leopard will be made publicly available on August 28 and will go hea-to-head with Microsoft's latest operating system - Windows 7. We've looked at the two operating system to find out just what are they're biggest new features.

Windows 7

Invisible windows

The answer, of sorts, to OSX's Exposé lets users turn all open windows into bare outlines by moving the mouse to the screen's bottom right corner. From there, shaking a window makes all others minimise, and shaking it again brings them back up.

A related window-management feature lets you quickly size windows to half the screen, allowing for side-by-side comparisons.

Jump Lists

It's no longer necessary to hunt through a folder of recent documents to pick up work where you left off. By right-clicking icons Windows 7's new dock (a feature cribbed from OSX), users can jump to recent documents or perform common tasks, such as resuming an old playlist in Windows Media Player.

Internet access to home media

Got two computers, or a friend who wants to look at photos from your last get-together? Clicking a button within Windows Media Player opens up photos, videos, and music for streaming to other PCs. No party will ever be safe again from your weird musical tastes.

Touch friendly

Should the touchscreen craze finally take off, Windows 7 will be ready with a mode that's tailor made for tablets. Start menu and taskbar icons are larger, and web browsing can be done with a finger. Multitouch is also supported, with pinch and twist gestures for zooming and rotating.

HomeGroup

Sharing content between networked computers is nothing new, but Windows 7 makes it easier with HomeGroup. The feature lets any new computer joining your home network link up to existing ones, allowing for file transfers. Printers are also shared automatically, so no one has to be kicked off the master computer to print a document.

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See also: Windows 7 Family Pack to cost £150 in UK

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