The next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 7, will be a lot more user-friendly than Vista, which has been universally maligned.
One of the more irritating features of Vista is the way it constantly alerts users to possible security risks. The upcoming Windows 7 will let uses decide how many alerts they want.
While many of the Vista design change will be left in place in the new system, some will be unceremoniously dropped.
There will also be some changes to the task bar, with redundant buttons to launch applications removed. Instead, users will be able to roll over the application's icon in the task bar to see how many documents are open and to switch between them.
A new feature will be jumplists, which will allow uses to easily organise recent files or popular applications.
Libraries – another new feature – will automatically collect files with similar content and display them in one folder.
Importantly, Windows 7 will be faster than Vista and require less memory to run.
Windows 7 will be available to the general public early in 2010, but will have beta tests running from early next year.
The first full public demonstration of Windows 7 was yesterday at a Windows developers' forum.