What You Can Do With Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7, released to the public in 2009, is one of Microsoft’s more recent client OS releases and remains one of their most popular choices among consumers due to its reliability, especially considering the drastic changes made with the releases of Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 – changes that many found confusing and unnecessary. It was released in six different versions, though only three are available for purchase through retail; Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate – with Home Premium and Professional being intended for home users, small business environments, and enthusiast users, respectively.

Despite its age, Windows 7 is still widely used in production environments due to its reliability, performance, and general improvements over both its predecessor, Windows Vista, and the versions that followed – traits that allow it maintain its position as one of the most used version of a Windows OS. One reason for this is that it is faithful to the things that made Windows XP such a beloved OS; the classic appearance, speed, and stability – features that were lost or distorted with the release of newer Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, largely due to these being bloated with unnecessary programs, proprietary (and often redundant) software, and attempting to integrate features to allow for tablet compatibility. Obviously, as seen with the release of Window 8 (much like Vista), this plan didn’t work out, leaving consumers confused and disappointed with the product.

This means that the purchase of Windows 7 Professional, or any client version of the OS, remains a viable alternative for the consumers, regardless of their needs. While newer versions are released, potentially with bugs or other issues that cause instability, it remains a solid choice for home use, or even in a business environment. In addition, it is a cheaper purchase than newer releases.

Finally, it is important to note that Windows 7 far from dead or obsolete. While Windows 8 or 10 are newer and have customer service and support options, that is still the case with Windows 7. With an end of life support set in 2020, official support for the OS will still be available for a few more years ensuring any potential frustration with the software can be easily resolved, to say nothing of the numerous resources available online for troubleshooting. Window 7 is simply an incredibly versatile OS; intuitive, reliable, and as powerful as its newer alternatives at less cost to the consumer. These alone make it a great decision to buy Windows 7.

Automatic Backup of Microsoft Office 2007 Documents

With the 2010 edition of Office, Microsoft introduced file backup and synchronization to the average user. Like Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 also had SharePoint support, but SharePoint is an enterprise-level solution not likely accessible to the home user. If you own or are planning to buy Microsoft Office 2007 and want backup and sync capabilities, you do have a number of options.

Office Add-In

Perhaps the easiest way to achieve this functionality is to use an Office add-in, which is a functional extension. In fact, MS used to offer Microsoft Office Live as a free download for 2007, but it was since deprecated and replaced by services that don’t have native 2007 support. Third-party plug-ins are an option too, but availability may be spotty and support nonexistent at this point.

Use a Free File Hosting Service

SkyDrive, which was introduced with 2010, is an example of a free file hosting service. SkyDrive has since been rebranded to OneDrive. It’s available to anyone with a Microsoft account, and the service is independent of the Office suite. Create your OneDrive account. Install the OneDrive software, and you’ll have access to an automatically synced online folder. Simply use that folder to create and update your documents. OneDrive provides 5 GB of storage at no charge, which is enough for thousands of Word and Excel documents. There are also competing services that may offer more free space.

Use a Paid File Hosting Service

You can also store your Microsoft Office 2007 documents via a paid file hosting service or cloud, and some sellers will even give you free storage when you buy Microsoft Office 2007. The term FHS and cloud are often used interchangeably, but cloud can also refer to a service that provides processing power in addition to storage. Either a paid FHS or cloud can be a good investment if you need more than 5 GB, such as when your documents contain many large images.

Host a Backup Folder on a Secondary Storage Device

You can also host a folder on a local device rather than on the Internet. The key here is to use a device different than the one that contains your OS and Office installations. Options include a second internal hard or solid-state drive, an external hard drive or even a flash stick. One potential issue with syncing locally is the lack of redundancy. You should seek to have backup copies on at least two local devices.

Employ a Backup Application

Syncing Microsoft Office 2007 documents to an external hard drive isn’t as convenient as using a live folder. However, you can simplify the process by using an automated backup program. Such a program will sync your files automatically and can even backup to multiple locations, including local and Internet-based drives.