Microsoft Posts Windows 7 Guided Tours
Article by George Norman
On 01 Jul 2009
The release of the final and stable version of Windows 7 may be a couple of months away (official release date is October 22nd), but Microsoft wants the whole world to be aware of what the next iteration of the Windows-based operating system has to offer. Consequently the Redmond-based software giant has posted Tour Windows 7 online, a collection of videos showcasing Windows 7.

The Tour Windows 7 web page can be visited here. Once on the site you will be able to view a 1.35 minutes long introduction tour of Windows 7 and 3 videos depicting Windows 7’s highlights in action:
Windows 7 Simplifies tasks (2:06)
Windows 7 Works the way you want (1:28)
Windows 7 Makes new things possible (1:26)


In these three videos, the highlights of Windows 7 are presented by Microsoft Engineer, Latika. I mentioned here because you might find yourself watching the videos and think something like “where did I see here before?” The reason why she looks familiar is because she appears in the Microsoft Research Songsmith video (YouTube link here) where she sings her lungs off.

Now let’s get to the annoying part. In order to watch these videos you will need to download and install Windows Media Player Plugin. But if you do not want to go through the process of downloading and installing it, then here are some alternative links where you can watch the Windows 7 video tour (YouTube links of course):
The introduction tour here
Windows 7 Simplifies tasks here
Windows 7 Works the way you want here
Windows 7 Makes new things possible here

The one thing to keep in mind is that if you have tested Windows 7 Beta and are currently running Windows 7 Release Candidate, then these videos will not bring any new info to your attention. They are fun to watch, I will admit that, but they are aimed at the PC user that did not yet have time to get to know Windows 7.

On a little side note, if you are still running Windows 7 Beta then today would be the day to give up on it and switch to the RC. This is because today, the 1st of July bi-hourly shutdowns of windows 7 Beta will start (details here) so prepare to grab Windows 7 RC, which will be available for free download by August 15th (details here).

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