What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is an operating system that Microsoft has produced for use on personal computers. It is the follow-up to the Windows Vista Operating System, which was released in 2006. An operating system allows your computer to manage software and perform essential tasks. It is also a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows you to visually interact with your computer’s functions in a logical, fun, and easy way.
For example, in Windows 7 you can view two windows side by side by using the Aero Snap feature. This feature automatically sizes—or snaps—two windows to fit together on the screen, allowing you the convenience of viewing them next to each other.
Please note that Windows 7 is designed to work on PCs and requires additional setup to run on a Mac (Apple Macintosh computer).
To learn more, check out our Understanding Operating Systems lesson in Computer Basics.