In my opinion it is always better for an OS to support additional functionalities natively rather than through third party applications. Microsoft made a big leap in this area with the availability of Security Essentials free with Windows 7. Windows 7 has a lot of these small features that make it very usable. Most of us very well versed with using applications like Filezilla and SmartFTP to access FTP locations on servers. Windows 7 allows you to do this natively as well, rather than installing any other applications. This has been possible in the earlier versions of Windows as well but Windows doesn’t make this known to a user as transparently as one would want.
Accessing ftp sites in Linux through Gnome or KDE is fairly easy to find and easy to use. While this function is just as easy to use on Windows 7, it may not be easy to find for most people. This is a step by step guide to accessing your ftp sites natively in Windows 7.
First you need to open up Computer and click on “Map Network Drives” which is on the top bar.
On the resultant screen you need to click on “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
This will open up a wizard which will guide you through the rest of the steps.
Once you have completed the wizard, a link to this ftp location will appear in your Computer.