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Microsoft launches Windows 7 (22nd October, 2009)

Microsoft has finally released its new Operating System. The official launch of the OS, called Windows 7, was on Thursday, October 22. The new product replaces Windows Vista, which arrived in January 2007. Microsoft said Windows 7 will be full of amazing features. The company says it is very user friendly. It also has many new tools, including support for touch screens. A company spokesman also said Windows 7 works on PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. The version of Windows 7 Professional is $299. The cheapest upgrade from Vista or XP is $119.

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Microsoft is hoping Windows 7 will be a big hit. Sales of its software are going down. They are 13 per cent lower than this time last year. The company hopes its latest product will be free of problems. When it launched Vista, there were many security problems, and users complained it didn’t work properly. Windows 7 also has competition from Apple’s latest OS, called Snow Leopard. Many people say the Microsoft product copies a lot from Apple. If I wanted to buy a new computer, I’d rather have something called Snow Leopard than seven!

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Microsoft has finally released

a.

features

2

The new product

b.

screens

3.

full of amazing

c.

devices

4.

touch

d.

its new Operating System

5.

laptops, and mobile

e.

or XP is $119

6.

The cheapest upgrade from Vista

f.

replaces Windows Vista

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Microsoft is hoping Windows 7 will

a.

problems

2

Sales of its software are

b.

last year

3.

this time

c.

lot from Apple

4.

security

d.

be a big hit

5.

the Microsoft product copies a

e.

called Snow Leopard

6.

I’d rather have something

f.

going down


LISTENING GAP FILL

Microsoft _____________________ its new Operating System. The _____________________ OS, called Windows 7, was on Thursday, October 22. The _____________________ Windows Vista, which arrived in January 2007. Microsoft said Windows 7 will be _____________________ features. The company says it is very user friendly. It also has many new tools, including _____________________ screens. A company spokesman also said Windows 7 works on PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. The version of Windows 7 Professional is $299. ___________________ from Vista or XP is $119.

Microsoft is hoping Windows 7 _____________________. Sales of its software are going down. They are 13 per cent lower than _____________________. The company _____________________ will be free of problems. When it launched Vista, there were many security problems, and users complained it _____________________. Windows 7 also has competition from Apple’s latest OS, called Snow Leopard. Many people say the Microsoft product _____________________ Apple. If I wanted to buy a new computer, _____________________ called Snow Leopard than seven!


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Microsoft has (1) ____ released its new Operating System. The official launch of the OS, called Windows 7, was on Thursday, October 22. The new product replaces Windows Vista, (2) ____ arrived in January 2007. Microsoft said Windows 7 will be (3) ____ of amazing features. The company says it is very user friendly. It also has many new tools, including support for touch screens. A company spokesman also said Windows 7 works on PCs, laptops, and (4) ____ devices. The version of Windows 7 Professional is $299. The cheapest (5) ____ from Vista or XP is $119.

Microsoft is (6) ____ Windows 7 will be a big hit. Sales of its software are going down. They are 13 per cent (7) ____ than this time last year. The company hopes its latest product will be free of problems. When it launched Vista, there were many security problems, and users (8) ____ it didn’t work properly. Windows 7 also has competition from Apple’s latest OS, called Snow Leopard. Many people say the Microsoft product (9) ____ a lot from Apple. If I wanted to buy a new computer, I’d (10) ____ have something called Snow Leopard than seven!

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

final

(b)

finalize

(c)

finally

2.

(a)

which

(b)

who

(c)

when

3.

(a)

full

(b)

filling

(c)

filled

4.

(a)

mobility

(b)

mobiles

(c)

mobile

5.

(a)

upturn

(b)

upgrade

(c)

upside down

6.

(a)

hoping

(b)

hopping

(c)

hopes

7.

(a)

decrease

(b)

cut

(c)

lower

8.

(a)

complained

(b)

complaint

(c)

complains

9.

(a)

copy

(b)

copies

(c)

copier

10.

(a)

prefer

(b)

rather

(c)

choose


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

radeeels its new Operating System

2.

The official ahculn

3.

full of inmgzaa features

4.

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5.

lobmie devices

6.

The saphtece upgrade

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Microsoft is pngioh

8.

Sales of its owatefrs

9.

rtieycus problems

10.

it didn’t work lyoreprp

11.

iceosp a lot from Apple

12.

I’d rehtar have something


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

22. The new product replaces Windows Vista, which arrived in January 2007. Microsoft said Windows 7 will be full

(    )

screens. A company spokesman also said Windows 7 works on PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. The version

(    )

of amazing features. The company says it is very user friendly. It also has many new tools, including support for touch

1  )

Microsoft has finally released its new Operating System. The official launch of the OS, called Windows 7, was on Thursday, October

(    )

from Apple’s latest OS, called Snow Leopard. Many people say the Microsoft product copies a lot from Apple. If I wanted to

(    )

problems, and users complained it didn’t work properly. Windows 7 also has competition

(    )

Microsoft is hoping Windows 7 will be a big hit. Sales of its software are going down. They are 13 per cent lower than this time last

(    )

buy a new computer, I’d rather have something called Snow Leopard than seven!

(    )

of Windows 7 Professional is $299. The cheapest upgrade from Vista or XP is $119.

(    )

year. The company hopes its latest product will be free of problems. When it launched Vista, there were many security


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

official     of     OS     The     launch     the.    

2.

Vista     The     product     Windows     new     replaces.    

3.

full     Windows     of     7     amazing     will     features     be.    

4.

also     many     tools     It     has     new.    

5.

Professional     $299     version     7     The     Windows     is     of.    

6.

7     Windows     hit     big     a     be     will.    

7.

of     Sales     down     going     are     software     its.    

8.

work     didn’t     it     complained     Users.    

9.

lot     Microsoft     from     product     Apple     copies     a     The.    

10.

I     new     wanted     computer     to     buy     If     a.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about Windows for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Windows 7. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Windows 7. Include imaginary interviews with the people who made it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the boss of Microsoft. Ask him/her three questions about Windows. Give him/her three of your opinions on how Windows could be better. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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