You may have heard the buzz building about solid state drives. Prices are already falling on SSDs, and it’s likely that these units will become far more popular, eventually rivaling today’s standard, magnetic spinning disk drives. Microsoft, foreseeing this emerging trend, coded Windows 7 to work well with SSD’s.
Windows 7 supports the TRIM command, which checks with the hard drive to find its rotational speed. If that speed is 0 (which is of course the case with SSDs) it turns off features like defrag.
In response to a SSD, Window 7 disables Superfetch, ReadyBoost, and boot and application launch prefetching.
These changes enable Windows 7 to offer SSDs better performance and longer lifespan than that offered by earlier Windows OSes. While this feature may seem of limited importance now, as SSDs are more widely deployed, this support will be a major plus for Windows 7.
Windows 7 was developed to leverage solid state drives.
Question: Solid state drives are more popular in form factors like tablets and netbooks right now. How does Windows 7 work with netbooks?
Answer: Windows 7 works fine in the lower powered environment of netbooks. As a matter of fact if you go shopping for a netbook, you’ll find that Windows 7 is pretty much the default OS. By the way, if you have a netbook you want to install Windows 7 on, there are ways to do it even if the machine doesn’t have an internal DVD drive. You can purchase the OS and copy it to a USB flash drive, or download it from the Microsoft store as an installation file.
With the prevalence of remote workers and on-the-go computing, the network perimeter is already a vague boundary and at times seems to have vanished altogether.
The new Windows 7 feature DirectAccess enables workers in today’s “always on” era to more easily access their office and their work materials no matter where they are. DirectAccess replaces the sometimes cranky and unwieldy VPN with a secure connection that requires minimal user interaction. DirectAccess offers significant productivity gains by providing instant, two-way connectivity.
Direct Access leverages IPv6 and IPSec for simple and, by most accounts, secure remote computing. Direct Access was designed to be compatible with Microsoft's existing authentication systems, meaning it can be used without breaking communications with Active Directory.
To be sure, DirectAccess requires a corresponding software infrastructure to work properly. If, for instance, a company’s network is still running Windows Server 2003, or its support staff isn’t familiar with the details of IPv6 networking, DirectAccess won’t function.
But for those companies looking to best leverage an always active and geographically far-flung workforce, DirectAccess is one of Window 7’s major pluses.
Windows 7’s Direct Access feature enables better remote access (boat not included).
Question: Since we’re on the subject of mobile workers and people out of the office, what else does the combination of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have to help workers stay connected.
Answer: Windows 7 users can use Federated search, which enables users to search remote data sources from within Windows Explorer. Windows 7 supports connecting external sources to the Windows Client using the OpenSearch protocol. The benefit is that you can point Windows Explorer to an external data source, so it’s quite handy.
One more point: Windows 7 improves first-time Folder Redirection performance by improving the connection between Folder Redirection and Offline Files. So you have shorter logon time over network connections, because the OS synchronizes redirected folder data in the background.