Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Windows 7: A First Look for IT Pros

Windows 7: A First Look for IT Pros

A new year and a new OS for everyone to drool over. Microsoft has released the Windows 7 Beta to the world. Here are a couple of the new features and improvements that I have found interesting.

The Problem Steps Recorder
Its a terrible name for a long needed feature. How many times have you wanted to show someone a problem with an application only to find out that they can't get the same problem to happen. With the new Problem Steps Recorder you can record snapshots of each step and error message into an HTML document that can be emailed easily.

Bitlocker and Bitlocker to Go
While Bitlocker is not new, it is improved. Bitlocker allows for encryping entire drives to protect your data from getting stolen through physical means. Bitlocker needs an unencrypted volume to place some of the required boot files. In Vista that meant having a second hard drive letter. Any information stored on that drive was not encrypted. In Windows 7 that has been fixed so that while there still is a second volume, its generally not accessable by the user.

They have also added Bitlocker to Go. This allows for encryption of smaller storage devices such as memory sticks.