Microsoft seems to have taken a lesson from the reluctance of SMEs to upgrade to its Vista operating system when designing Windows 7.
Vista, which runs on machines with at least 40GB of storage, 1GB of memory and a 1GHz 32- or 64-bit processor, has been out of reach for many budget-stretched businesses, but Microsoft is keen to point out that Windows 7 will work on low-end machines.
The Windows 7 operating system was revealed to developer this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering conference in Los Angeles.
The OS does, however, promise a host of improvements, including faster boot times and easier management of peripheral devices through a feature called Devices and Printers.
On higher end machines it provides touch-screen interaction with the Windows 7 Start menu, Windows Taskbar and Windows Explorer icons.