I mentioned that I got a new laptop a few weeks ago and have been happily typing away on it for a few weeks. I don’t know if you realize it, but PCs these days are rocking a brand new version of Windows. Bye bye Windows Vista and hello Windows 7.
Now I know some of my readers and friends have been brainwashed into the Apple cult and swear that all things Windows are subpar. I however am a Windows girl through and through. I have never had problems with it and to me it is far easier to use and figure out. Trying to use a Mac makes my head hurt.
I am thrilled to report that the new Windows 7 makes life even easier. What I love is that all of the features are a result of customer feedback about what we would love. Let me tell ya, we are a smart group of people.
My favorite feature is the way all the programs that are open at one time can be seen. Let’s say I have Skype, Firefox, Tweetdeck and Live Writer open all at once. This is fairly typical of what you would find at any given time because I can’t possibly just do one thing at once. They appear as little boxes at the bottom of my screen. But let’s say I have 3 Skype rooms open. Instead of being 3 boxes they are all contained in one box. If I hover my mouse over the box, I can see everything I have going on and click on the appropriate window. So much less clutter.
My husband has a work computer that he brings home every night. So we can often be found sitting side by side on our laptops watching our favorite shows on TV. We have been known to carry on FB chats from a few rooms away. I swear we have a good marriage J Sometimes I will be sitting there and suddenly all these adorable photos of our kids start posting on his Facebook page. I want the same pictures so our best option is to try and track down a flashdrive or have him email me picture after picture for me to upload myself. Ugh.
Now with Windows 7, all the computers in your house can be part of the same home network. You can share your document libraries, all your media and even printers and other accessories. It is all password protected so you don’t have to worry about anyone else stealing your precious stuff. Love.
The best thing is everything just works faster. It starts faster, it comes out of sleep mode faster, and according to Microsoft it uses less memory. Now granted it is a new computer so it should run faster anyway, but I can tell that things just get moving faster when I start it. This was one of my biggest headaches with my old computer so it makes me all kinds of happy.
I am very grateful to Staples and Glam Media for giving me an opportunity to review the new Windows 7 computers. They would like to give you a little something as well. I have a $50 Staples gift card up for grabs. Perhaps you could put it toward a new computer for your family. Or bring your old computer in and put it towards getting a little tune up. They also sell Windows 7 upgrades and I think you will be thrilled with some of the features offered.
To enter, simply leave a comment letting me know what you would spend your gift certificate on. Contest is open to US residents only and the winner will be drawn on Monday, Mar. 28th. Good luck!