The features found in Windows 7 Ultimate are best broken up into those that are found in other Windows 7 editions, and those that are found exclusively in the Ultimate edition. Some the shared features across Windows 7 editions that are accessible for Ultimate users as well include the following:
Well-designed and easily navigated Start menu
The Start menu is a beloved feature of most Windows editions. In Windows 7 it is featured in all its glory, with a semi-transparent Aero-based design that makes the menu more attractive but just as easily navigated as previous editions.
Easy to use
Windows 7 Ultimate enables you to simplify your personal computer with its new and innovative navigation features. Your everyday tasks are simplified by features that enable you to manage multiple open programs, documents and browser windows with thumbnail and full-screen Previews, a handy feature called Pin that lets you get around faster by pinning programs or folders you often use to the taskbar and launch them instantly with one click. You also have Snap, which is a new easy way to manage your open windows and arrange them side-by-side just by dragging them to the sides of your screen.
Easily organized Libraries for files
Professional or basic use, when it comes to file organization, it’s a priority for every user. That’s why Microsoft has included the new Libraries in which users can move their files physically through drag and drop. Move files between music, video, pictures, and documents. Then, use the Search feature to find specific documents based on their metadata.
Windows 7 Ultimate features
The rest of Windows 7’s general features available across editions are too well known to even list here. Suffice to say, all those same features are just as available in the Ultimate edition. However, Ultimate also has a list of features not available in any other edition, including:
Bandwidth reducing multimedia redirection
When working with large networks that are transferring vast numbers of files and streaming vast amounts of media, reducing bandwidth is a major concern. With multimedia redirection, networks can work at a greater speed because files are sent in their compressed form.
External databasing through federated search
Set up eternal databases that can be reached through Internet Explorer, so your data is better organized (you set the criteria for the databases) and data is accessible without taking up network space.
Expansive encryption with BitLocker
If there’s any major concern of every large business, it’s data security. Keep your data absolutely secure with BitLocker, which can secure entire drives. BitLocker comes with three different types of authentication methods which users can choose from, allowing them to work with the authentication that works best for them.
Extend your encryption with BitLocker ToGo
Sensitive data doesn’t just exist on the network, it travels everywhere with us. BitLocker ToGo provides a way to protect your data even when a device or USB is stolen. In that case, BitLocker will lock down the whole drive (or USB in the case of BitLocker ToGo) and encrypt everything, so that there’s no risk of data loss.
Place your whole business on a single network with Direct Access
Set up a network that can be accessed at work, at home, and anywhere for your entire business with Direct Access. Updates can easily be employed across the whole intranet while a separate interface is also set up.
Work in every major language
Windows 7 Ultimate has the ability to work in 37 languages. It’s an extremely important ability for international businesses so that all offices work in the languages they need.
Police your apps with AppLocker
Malware often sneaks onto networks through the ill-advised use of certain apps by some employees. Set the apps allowed on your network with AppLocker.
Even more security with Fingerprinting
While Windows 7 Ultimate doesn’t automatically use fingerprint scanning, additional software can be installed to handle this security measure.
Traffic elimination with BranchCache
Avoid unnecessary traffic to access certain network tools by allowing access to any downloads to a branch to be accessible to everyone at that branch.
Work with older programs in Windows XP Mode
Every copy of Windows 7 Ultimate includes a fully functional Windows XP mode. This allows users to enjoy older features if they need to. It also allows users to access and work through older programs that aren’t compatible with Windows 7.
Even more access with Windows Server Domain
Even more powerful than the Remote Desktop Connection, the Windows Server Domain creates a password-protected network for all authorized users where information, documents, and programs can be shared.