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The new Windows 7 features will help determine if the operating system is a success or if it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Windows Vista.

So, what's new in Windows 7? New features include enhancements to BitLocker, AppLocker and User Account Control for administration and security, as well as a revamped user interface and taskbar. But one thing that's not new is the operating system kernel: Windows 7 is based on the Vista kernel, instead of an entirely new one.

Use the articles and videos in this section of the Windows 7 cheat sheet to learn about the new features, so you can tell your customers what's new in Windows 7.

Windows 7 features include management tools: BitLocker and AppLocker, two Windows 7 administration tools, offer new methods to control user activity and improve security on endpoint devices. Learn about these new Windows 7 features in this article.

Mixed reaction on keeping Vista kernel: Microsoft has refined the Windows Vista kernel instead of developing a new Windows 7 kernel. Microsoft says the decision will reduce hardware and software compatibility problems when users upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. But if the kernel is the same, some ask, what's the point of having a new operating system?

New Windows 7 user interface: Microsoft unveils new Windows 7 features at the Professional Developers Conference 2008 in Los Angeles. Watch a Microsoft executive give a demo of what's new in Windows 7 for the first time in public.

User Account Control: Windows 7 vs. Vista: Expert J. Peter Bruzzese demonstrates the User Account Control feature in Windows 7. He compares Windows 7 and Vista, which drew complaints for its User Account Control pop-up notifications. Bruzzese says Windows 7 has improved the User Account Control feature significantly.

New Windows 7 features bring new UI considerations: The new Windows 7 taskbar has several new features that developers can take advantage of. They include taskbar icons for every application and a customizable pop-up box for notifications.

Engineering Windows 7: Microsoft developers provide regular updates about new Windows 7 features on this blog. Recent topics include Windows 7 application compatibility testing and changes in features from the Windows 7 Beta to the Windows 7 Release Candidate.

This was first published in March 2009

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