When did Windows 7 come out?
Windows 7 is an operating system developed and produced by Microsoft, an American multinational company. It was initially released on July 22, 2009, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems provided by Microsoft. After three months, on October 22, 2009, it was generally available for public use.
Some quick facts about Windows 7
A list of some quick facts about Windows 7:
- Windows 7 was the successor to Windows Vista, a two years prior released version of Windows NT family of operating systems.
- Windows 7 was praised by critics for its major improvement and increased performance after the poor critical reception of Windows Vista.
- The server counterpart of the Windows 7 operating system was Windows Server 2008 R2. It was also released at the same time as the Windows 7 release date.
- Windows'7 last supported version was Windows Embedded POSReady 7, which was released on July 1, 2011.
- The mainstream support for Windows 7 and its counterpart server edition Windows Server 2008 R2 was ended on January 13, 2015, by Microsoft.
- The extended support for Windows 7 was also ended on January 14, 2020.
- At the end of January 2020, Microsoft ended the support for Windows 7 on Internet Explorer 11. IE11 is only supported on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
- Windows 7 was one of the biggest successes for Microsoft.
- Microsoft has sold over 100 million copies worldwide just six months after its release on the online retailer Amazon.com which was reached at 630 million licenses by July 2012.
- According to the latest records, as of April 2020, 21.21% of traditional PCs running Windows are running Windows 7, which is almost 45% market share in some countries.
Features of Windows 7
Following is a list of Windows 7 new and advanced features:
- Advance touch and handwriting recognition
- Support for virtual hard disks
- performance enhanced on multi-core processors
- Improved boot performance
- Improved DirectAccess, and kernel
- An updated new version of Windows Media Center
- Visual changes in Taskbar
- Improved media features, XPS Essentials Pack and Windows PowerShell being included, and a redesigned Calculator with multiline capabilities.
- Several new items are added to the Control Panel such as ClearType Text Tuner Display, Color Calibration Wizard, Location and Other Sensors, Gadgets, Recovery, Troubleshooting, Workspaces Center, Biometric Devices, Credential Manager, System Icons, and Display, etc.