Microsoft is trying to make Windows 7 easier to engage with than Windows Vista on many levels -- right down to the box it comes in.
One of the many criticisms levelled at Windows Vista was the incredibly complex packaging that Microsoft used. The same criticism applied to Office 2007. In an effort to prevent theft and piracy, Microsoft created boxes that required their own set of instructions to open.
In a blog posting on Wednesday, Microsoft said it will use packaging that's similarly shaped to that of Vista, but the box will open more like a standard DVD case.
The case, which will be recyclable, will contain just the disc and a getting-started guide. Overall, Microsoft said it has reduced the weight of the packaging by 37 per cent.