Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of new or revolutionary
features. The largest and most hyped new feature in this upgrade
was inclusion of movie-making software featuring Microsoft's
new .WMV video format. The WMV format actually offers incredible
compression to quality ratios; think of it much like the MP3
of the music world (though don't expect feature length movies
anytime soon). Movie Maker also has built in support for popular
DV formats including USB and FireWire.
also included a somewhat simple system restore function for
those of us who like to tweak our computers until they break.
This feature allows you to use a number of restore point set
by either you or windows, and in a sense "go back" to that working
version of windows. This feature is especially good for those
of us who are prone to executing viruses, though it only backs
up critical system files so if you, or a malicious program deletes
your personal files you're pretty much screwed.
the scenes I must say, Microsoft did an exceptional job. First,
they ported over the faster and more powerful Windows 2000 TCP/IP
code, allowing for slightly faster more secure connections.
Microsoft also took out much of the real-mode DOS support that
plagued earlier versions, as well as throw in a ton of driver
updates and such into the mix. Microsoft also included a huge
(and actually helpful) help database that certainly helps somebody
new to Windows.
interface has also been lightly tweaked to look and act much
more like Windows 2000. The crash dialogue boxes no longer display
"illegal operation" but a much friendlier message suggesting
you to restart your computer. It's apparent that Microsoft is
trying to make this version of Windows the user-friendliest