So, I’ve been using Windows 7 as my primary development box for a few weeks now and I have to say it feels good. So far I’ve been quite happy with it. I was using Windows Server 2008, and before that Vista, but I have to say it keeps getting better. I figured no better way than to list a few of my favorite new features.
Probably one of my favorite things, as mentioned by Scott Hanselman, is that I can finally shut the lid on my laptop and have all faith that it will in fact go to sleep. Even better than that, it will wake up too! I used to feel like I was winning a morning lottery every time I’d turn it on. Prior to Windows 7, I seemed to get a lot of instances where the monitor would be on, yet black, and my only choice was to forcibly power it down and boot back up, losing everything. I have had to do that once with Windows 7 so far, with 1 wonderful exception: Windows 7 told me “Hey, I tried to restore and it didn’t work last time. Want me to try again?”. Thanks, 7, please do. 🙂
Beyond that, Windows 7 continues to surprise. I have to attach to a projector now and again when I’m presenting and perform the fabled Fn+F8 key to get my stuff to show up on the monitor. It seems that I’m a bit challenged at getting this viscous cycle to land on what I want. Again, Windows 7 comes to my rescue. I haven’t seen it documented anywhere, but hitting the Window key + P combination lets Windows 7 handle that for you and the selection is much more obvious. Thanks again 7!
Let’s what else has made me happy lately… by now most have experienced Aero Snap, which allows you to do things like dragging a window to the top to the screen to have it maximize. What I didn’t see documented anywhere however was a neat little feature called Aero Shake. Basically if you drag a window left and right quickly, it will minimize all the other windows that are open allowing you to focus in on just the window you shook. I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere, but me likey!