Windows 7 Ultimate from Microsoft is the long-awaited successor to the ubiquitous Windows Vista operating system. Building upon Vista's impressive feature set, Windows 7 adds many features which simplify the way you use your PC, as well as the way that your PC connects to the world.
The Ultimate edition of Windows 7 is designed to meet the needs of business and home use alike. It omits none of the features that are found in the Home Premium or Professional editions of the software. These include improved desktop navigation, improved speed, the Internet Explorer 8 web browser, Windows Media Center, and HomeGroup networking.
Other carry-over features include Windows XP Mode, which allows you to run legacy applications in a true virtualization of Windows XP. You'll also be able to join Domains, which is often a requirement for connecting to corporate networks. Finally, the Professional edition adds the ability to backup your system to a home or business network.
The Ultimate edition adds BitLocker, which allows you to encrypt data on your hard drive and other storage devices. Encrypting data is critical in environments where it is imperative that sensitive data does not fall into the wrong hands. You'll also be able configure the OS to use any of 35 languages, making the Ultimate edition an excellent choice for multilingual users.
- Get everything Home Premium and Professional offers - plus added security features and the flexibility to work in multiple languages
- Use BitLocker and BitLocker To Go to better protect your valuable files - even on removable drives such as USB devices
- Access corporate resources seamlessly when you're on the Internet, without having to initiate a VPN connection
- Switch among any of 35 languages as easily as logging off and back on again
- Back up your files to an external hard drive, secondary hard drive, writable CD or DVD, or to a network location
- Take advantage of the powerful diagnostics and troubleshooters built into Action Center to resolve many computer problems on your own
- Watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want (For some Windows Media Center functionality, a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required)