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7 ways to boost your career with Microsoft Windows 7


You’ve most likely already heard the buzz about Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest operating system for PCs that is launching in October this year. It’s getting rave reviews from leading technology experts. Windows 7 has many features for people from all walks of life – from the student in Sri Lanka to the executive in Singapore. It’s also particularly apt for young professionals.


Here’s why - Windows 7 helps to:


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Present a better you – The visuals for Windows 7 are much slicker and less cluttered, helping you look much more professional in that meeting.


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Look organized – Even if you’re not. The powerful desktop search in Windows 7 will help you locate a file/email/picture/music – in just one click. An easy way to look organized.


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Be hyper connected – Windows Live Messenger is the world’s most popular free instant messaging service and you can download it from the Windows 7 welcome screen. It’s a much quicker and personal way of communicating than email – so start networking and building those important connections with your colleagues quickly.


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Be a “know it all̵ – Internet Explorer 8 is the latest browser from Microsoft and is the best way to navigate around the web, quicker and faster. Research for a particular project or client proposal has never been easier with Microsoft’s new search engine – www.bing.com.


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Be nimble – Microsoft has paid a lot of attention to the little details, like the operating system basics. With Windows 7 you get much longer battery life, so you don’t have to worry about your PC shutting down half-way through a presentation. It also starts up and shuts down much faster so if you’re going to a meeting you can be up and running in no time.

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Be flexible – With Windows 7 you can be a lot more flexible and work from anywhere. With features like location aware printing and wireless set up, setting yourself up in another office or at home is very straightforward.


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Customize to fit your image - Windows 7 has great personalization capabilities so you can really let your personality come through. With different colors and themes, you can present your fun, cool, sophisticated side – whatever fits the occasion.


Present a better you


When it comes to work, presentation is everything. We all know how much first impressions count. So it’s time to wow your boss and clients. Windows 7 has a slicker and less cluttered look and feel that can help you look slicker too. It also has neat little features like “Snap” that will help you compare two different things you’re working on. All you need to do is drag a Window to the right edge of your screen and it “snaps” neatly into place over half the screen. Then drag another Window to the left hand edge of your screen to have that “snap” into the other half. It is a really snazzy way for you to show a side by side comparison to your audience. For example, you could have a research study on the internet on the right hand side with an excel spreadsheet on the left. It’s also a really useful way to work when you want to compare notes.


Windows can also come in handy when you’re looking to impress a prospective employer. If you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your resume, for example, for positions in the media, digital or creative industries, you can tap into the great tools offered by Windows Live. You can put together a video resume in as little as 3 steps using the new Windows Live Movie Maker or even create a filmstrip of your achievements with Windows Live Photo Gallery. All you need to do is sign up for a Windows Live account at www.windowslive.com.

Slicker Look and Feel

Windows 7 has a slicker and less cluttered look and feel



Look organized


Snap Windows Side by Side

Snap Windows side by side to compare information

When recruiting potential candidates, organization skills are something almost all employers will be looking out for.


You may be one of those organized people who has a great filing system and can remember exactly which folder you saved that email or document in, which is great. For those that aren’t quite as organized, Windows Desktop Search is a great way to search through all folders whether they are documents, presentations, pictures, emails or anything else. Just a simple keyword search when you click on the “Start” icon will bring up all related documents in seconds. In a world of information overload, this is really handy. Once a list of documents has come up, the Preview Pane feature will allow you to see a snapshot of the document just by clicking once on the title rather than having to open each one, saving valuable time.


Additionally, when working, most of us have multiple Windows open, from internet searches, word documents, emails etc. Going back and forth can be cumbersome if you don’t know exactly which Windows you have open. Now you can just scroll over the different tabs at the bottom of your screen and the Windows Thumbnail preview will show you a quick snapshot of the document so you can tell exactly what it is, helping you work quickly and more efficiently.



Be hyper connected


Being good at networking is one of those stills that will definitely help accelerate your career. Especially in Asia, personal connections are what count in business.


While email is still the most suitable way to exchange information in a work setting, instant messaging is less formal and a much quicker and personal way of communicating. It can help you communicate with your colleagues in an unstructured and more fun way – so you can get to know them at a much deeper level.


Instant messaging does what it says – provides “instant” communication. It’s great for sharing jokes and light entertainment and can be very useful while on a conference call if you need a quick answer or have a quick chat with someone without disrupting the call.


Windows Live Messenger is the world’s most popular free instant messaging service and you can simply download it straight from the Windows 7 welcome screen.



Be a “know it all”


Show your bosses you’re on the pulse with what is going on around the world – from the latest news to the emerging trends in your industry. This is where the internet becomes indispensible.


A major reason why IE8 works better is that this browser pays attention to little things that make a difference, like grouping tabs from the same website together and color coding them. For instance, if you’ve opened four different pages from the same website, IE8 will group these pages and display these tabs in the same color. This will allow you to immediately identify the pages without having to open each tab to figure out what’s on it. This can go a long way in helping you keep track of what you are doing, especially if you’re a multi-tasker.


Be nimble


With Windows 7, Microsoft has listened and paid a lot of attention to the little details, like the operating system basics. With Windows 7 you get much longer battery life, so you don’t have to worry about your PC shutting down half-way through a presentation.


It also starts up and shuts down much faster so you can be up and running in no time when you get into work or arrive at a meeting. Not to forget, Windows 7 will also help you to do your part to conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint.


Be flexible


Flexi-work is the way forward if you want to stay productive and on top of your game while achieving work/life balance. With Windows 7, working away from the office is much easier to do.


Windows 7 makes it a cinch to view and connect to networks on your laptop wherever you go. Just click the networking icon on the taskbar. View Available Networks displays all your wireless and wired options—Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up, or corporate VPN. One more click, and you're connected.


Be Yourself


Of course the most important thing in setting yourself apart at work is being you. Let your personality shine through at work – it will help with differentiating yourself as well as building personal connections.


Windows 7 has great personalization capabilities with different scenes and themes that can help present your fun, cool or sophisticated side –according to the occasion.