Useful applications in Windows® 7
Windows 7 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. It has many new features and tools to enhance the computer performance. Different versions of Windows 7 are available in both 64 bit and 32 bit. Each version has its own features and many advanced tools. You can choose the one that suits your need. Needs and requirements may differ from user to user, some of you may use computers to prepare presentations, some may use it to play games and watch movies while others may use to develop complex programs and more. To meet the variety of requirements, you need to install additional application programs on your operating system. Operating system is a platform where you can install different software. The application program will work only if the operating system supports it. You can refer the user manual of the software to know the system requirement. Microsoft has always worked with most of the third party software companies to make their software compatible with Windows 7. All versions of 64 bit Windows 7 have Windows on Windows (WOW) feature that allows you to install almost all the 32 bit applications. So, you can enjoy the high performance of a 64 bit operating system and can also work on 32 bit applications. Windows 7 supports many application programs.
Following are some Windows 7 supported applications and their features:
- Microsoft Office package
- Web browsers
- Antivirus programs
Microsoft Office package
Microsoft Office is a common application program that is used on almost all the computers. It includes Microsoft Office PowerPoint to prepare slide presentation, Microsoft Office Word to prepare documents, Microsoft Office Excel to develop spread sheets. Microsoft Office Outlook gives access to work as database and is one of the most useful e-mail settings. Windows 7 supports MS Office 2007 and higher. You can buy CD/DVD for MS Office or download it from the Internet and install it on any versions of Windows 7.
Internet Explorer 7 is the default web browser in Windows 7. You can upgrade Internet Explorer to new version. Apart from Windows 7 supported web browser programs like Fire Fox version 3 and above, Safari or Opera can also be downloaded. You can install any of the web browsers that you are comfortable with. The role of web browser is to open the website for you. You just need to open any web browser and type in the website address and the browser opens it for you.
Viruses are real threats to any operating system. Windows 7 has a very effective firewall that protects your computer from hackers and intruders. You can install almost all the latest antivirus program to enhance the protection. McAfee 8.7 and higher, Norton 2010 and higher are two popular antivirus programs that Windows 7 supports.
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