Windows 7: "Device Stage" and hardware productivity
"Device Stage" and the next generation of "Device Manager" will be an integral part of Windows 7, as well as busy students who connect devices left right and centre. Whether it will be your Xbox, or connecting to a printer in the library to print out that 2,500 word essay, Device Stage will be your customised, simple interface in using that device.
Running the beta in a live, library scenario - I had concerns about. What if the printer drivers won't work? What if my phone with my essay on won't connect? Did I leave the oven on this morning? Lo and behold, within a couple of minutes of using the Devices and Printers section, I was connected, I was printing, and I was on my way to a first mark.
By creating shortcuts to devices, you can easily check the progress or status of that device. You can even jack it into the taskbar for easy access when you most need it.