Windows 7 Work Anywhere

We live in a mobile world, taking our laptops and devices with us as we move between home, work, and other places. With Windows 7, you can easily get online and stay online as you move from place to place. Whether you’re switching from one network to another, attempting to access the Internet from a device, or taking advantage of mobile broadband, Windows 7 helps keep you connected.

Location Aware Printing
Do you use one printer at home and another at work? With Windows 7, you no longer need to select the printer each time you’re in a different place. Instead, you can select a default printer for each network location you’ve configured, and Windows 7 will automatically use that printer when you’re connected to that network. So when you print at work, Windows 7 will automatically print to your work printer. When you print at home, Windows 7 will automatically select and use your home printer.

View Available Networks
Windows 7 improves how you view and connect to all of your networks, making
the process simple and consistent. You’ll always have one-click access to available
networks, regardless of whether those networks are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband,
dial-up, or your corporate VPN.

Mobile Broadband
With Windows 7, it’s much simpler to connect your PC to the Internet using a wireless data card, regardless of which mobile provider you use. It’s just like connecting to any other wireless network, which can be accomplished by using the View Available Networks feature, mentioned above. You don’t need to install any additional software—just insert your wireless data card, your drivers will be installed on first use and your PC will connect to the Internet automatically. And if your PC has a built-in data card, you’ll be connected to the Internet wherever there’s mobile service.

With Windows 7, working from locations other than your office becomes even simpler. With DirectAccess, you can more securely connect to your corporate network over any Internet connection—without having to use VPN technology. It’s easy to connect to corporate resources whenever you have an Internet connection and, in most cases, it will seem as if you are connecting from your desktop computer at work. You can also still access public Web sites without going through your work network. When you use DirectAccess, your IT department can administer your PC whenever it’s connected to the Internet, so you can easily stay up-to-date with company policies.

VPN Reconnect
You may still need to use a VPN if your company can’t start using DirectAccess right away. In Windows 7, VPNs are easier to use than before. In the past, when using a VPN connection, you had to redial whenever you lost your Internet connection. VPN Reconnect in Windows 7 keeps you connected by automatically reestablishing a VPN connection any time you temporarily lose your Internet connection.

Offline Access to Network Sources
When you’re out of the office and don’t have an Internet connection, Offline Files provides a great way to continue to work with documents and files that are stored on your corporate network. For example, while traveling on a long flight, you can work on a copy of a file that’s cached on your PC, and any changes you make will automatically be synchronized with the server the next time you connect to the corporate network.
Offline files are quickly synched with your work server when you reconnect to your corporate network.

Before Windows 7, when IT professionals implemented Offline Files, you had to wait for files to be moved to the server when you logged on for the first time. Windows 7 eliminates this delay by first copying data files to the local Offline Files cache and then synchronizing the cache with the server in the background.

XPS Documents
XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents are fixed-format documents that you can share and archive in a high-quality, efficient format. XPS documents can be opened without having the original program in which the document was created, so you can easily share your work. You can preview XPS documents within the Windows Explorer or Microsoft Office Outlook® messaging and collaboration client preview panes. With Windows 7, it’s easy to create XPS documents using the Microsoft XPS Document Writer. Available from any program that you can print from, just select the XPS Document Writer rather than a physical printer from the print dialogue and follow the prompts to create your document. Office 2007 users can also use the Save as XPS function from the Save As menu to create XPS documents from Office 2007 applications.
Windows 7 also provides a richer viewing experience with the XPS Viewer. The improved experience features a more streamlined user interface, easier ways to navigate through the document, and relevancy ranked XPS searches. You can even display pages as thumbnails to get an interactive view of several pages at once, which is great for visually searching through long documents. Finally, you can use the XPS Viewer to digitally sign XPS documents and, if your company uses Windows Rights Management Services, control who can open an XPS document and what they can do with it.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


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