The following is a collage from various publications on the recent announcements on Windows 7. For a detailed run through, this site is pretty comprehensive.

From what I can see (and I now know more than the preview I saw a couple of weeks back) and what is reported the team has done well! Great job guys.

 

User Interface

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Multi-touch

http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,24569778-5014239,00.html?from=public_rss

 

The new Snap feature lets you expand and maximize windows simply by dragging them to different edges of the desktop. Drag a window’s top edge to the top of the screen to maximize it, and drag it away to restore it to its original size. Line up any window’s edge to either side of the desktop and that window will snap to fill up that half of the screen. Do the same with another window on the other side and you’ve got two equal-sized windows on either side of the screen.

http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/PDC_2008%3A_The_7_Coolest_New_Features_in_Windows_7

 

Windows 7 Taskbar

First impressions: the revamped Windows 7 taskbar

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/28/windows_seven_review/

 

 

 

Image 1 - Windows 7: Official screenshots

Systray Improvements

http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Windows-7-Official-screenshots/0,139023769,339292888,00.htm?feed=pt_windows_7

 

Icons represent devices

 

Image 16 - Windows 7: Official screenshots

Jumpstarts

Image 17 - Windows 7: Official screenshots

Multiple Windows of Same type

 

Performance

 

The operating system itself has gotten a considerable amount of reworking below the presentation layer. If M3 is any indication, that work has led to a tighter OS, and by "tighter" I mean that resource requirements are being lowered

http://www.cio.com/article/457622/Windows_Takes_On_Apple_and_IT_Needs?source=home_ln

"today at his keynote at PDC 2008, [Steve] waved an Asus EeePC running Win 7 with a 1GHz processor and just 1GB of RAM"

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/index-4.html

 

For starters, even the early build of Windows 7 feels like a fast, stable environment. There's a lot going on behind the scenes to make the OS more usable, one monumental improvement being how video memory is allocated for unseen windows. (Hint: It's not.) The result is a highly responsive machine that gets decent battery life.

 

Boot-Up Time -  25 seconds

 

Changes include a reduction in the overhead of the desktop Windows manager so you don't need to turn it off when developing, a "substantial" reduction in the disk I/O when reading from the registry, and an attempt to reduce the memory footprint of the core Windows 7 install.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/28/windows_7_vista_lessons/

Windows 7 DWM cuts memory consumption by 50%

 

Security

 

UAC Control

Set prompts using UAC's slider - Sliders are used regularly as a way of adding/removing config details

 

 

 clear

unlock

Bitlocker Drive Encryption tool

 

Driver Protection

Driver Protection helps prevent the operating system from starting drivers that are known to cause stability problems.

 

http://www.activewin.com/screenshots/windows7/Windows%20Live%20Family%20Safety%20Filter.png

Video

 

 

PDC Sessions

My picks:

PC25 Windows 7: The Sensor and Location Platform: Building Context-Aware Applications

PC22 Windows 7: Design Principles for Windows 7

PC16 Windows 7: Empower users to find, visualize and organize their data with Libraries and the Explorer