I am Microsoftie 4 ever (18+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
The Engineering Windows 7 blog has just put up a great article about the Windows Experience Index in Windows 7. SO it thought I would quickly check and see what my score was, remembering that in Vista I scored a not so great 3.0
…and now I am a big fat 2.0, really got hit by the hard disk and graphics limitations of my PC
Anyone got a higher, or lower score?
To find out your Windows Experience Score, simply type ‘ Score’ into the start menu
I had this sent to me today and I thought you might all like to see them, personally I love Joe Wilcox's quote the most.
“This first beta of Windows 7 is a polished piece of work, with few apparent kinks to be worked out. Windows 7 is much further along at this beta stage than Windows Vista was at a similar point.”
- Preston Gralla/Computerworld
“All in all, Windows 7 is shaping up well. It's a far more modest release than Vista was, but it's no worse for that. The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish, and that's exactly what Microsoft needs right now. Vista's foundation was solid, and Windows 7 just makes it better.”
- Peter Bright/ArsTechnica
“I’ve been working with the Windows 7 beta for several weeks, and I like it a lot. It feels snappier and more responsive than Windows Vista.”
- Dwight Silverman/Houston Chronicle
"Without a doubt, the first beta edition of the Windows 7 operation system indicates that Microsoft is on the right track to shore up many of the perceived flaws of Windows Vista… And at its heart, Windows 7’s greatly improved emphasis on workflow and organization makes the operating system much more palatable for heavy-duty users used to operating with a large number of open windows and applications"
- Andrew Garcia/eWEEK
“Microsoft's next OS is looking like Vista done right, with a smaller disk and memory footprint, faster startup, and fewer annoyances. We shouldn't see the kind of hardware incompatibilities encountered with the first version of Vista, since 7 uses much of the kernel code from the previous OS. Still, users who cling to XP will have a bigger adjustment interface-wise than those who moved to Vista.”
- Michael Muchmore/PC Magazine
“As for performance, I think Microsoft is going to surprise people. And if you're working for an enterprise that hasn't upgraded to Vista because it won't run acceptably on your existing PCs, you'll want to look again at Windows 7.”
- Paul Thurrott/Supersite for Windows
"We mentioned the Problem Steps Recorder blackbox error reporting app back in our Win 7 Giz Explains, but it wasn't until I tried it for myself that I saw just how amazing it is."
- Jason Chen/Gizmodo
“I'm actually having fun using Seven, something I haven't said about a Microsoft operating system since Windows 95.”
- Joe Wilcox/MicrosoftWatch
‘Windows 7 seems to be much improved than Windows Vista in lots of areas and the beta clearly shows that Microsoft has indeed taken users feedback on Vista seriously.”
- Chandran Chakkaradeep/ Neowin
“Microsoft has taken a disciplined approach to planning, building and delivering Windows 7 (and planning is already underway for Windows 8); this may lack the flamboyance of previous versions but if Microsoft can maintain the quality of the beta, Windows 7 could indeed be the best version of Windows yet."
- Mary Branscomb/Financial Times
Following on from my updated list of Windows Vista Shortcut keys (which all seem to work in Windows 7 as far as I can tell) I have shamelessly copied a list of Windows 7 Shortcut keys from Mintywhite (aka Windows guides)
Windows Key + left arrow = dock window to the left hand side of the screen
Windows Key + right arrow = dock window to the right-hand side of the screen
Windows Key + SHIFT + Left arrow = Move the current window one monitor to the left
Windows Key + SHIFT + right arrow = Move the current window one monitor to the right
Windows Key + up arrow = maximise current window
Windows Key + down arrow = Minimize current window
Windows Key and Home = Minimize/maximise non-active windows
Windows Key and numbers = Launch programs from the taskbar
Windows Key and Space = Enable Aero Peek
Windows Key and P = open projector mode to change external display settings
Windows Key + T Jump to the taskbar to select a new windows with <—or –> and Enter
CTRL + Left Click = Use on taskbar items to switch between windows of that program only
Shift and Left click = use on taskbar items to open another instance of that program
any more let me know
updated 10 Feb 2009
ALT + P – brings up the Page drop down in IE and also in windows explorer toggles the file preview pane
Windows Key + E = opens Windows Explorer
CTRL + SHIFT + CLICK = lunch an app with full admin rights
Updated 23 Feb 2009
Probably the complete, official and correct list from the Windows7 Blog
Here is a quick tip, if you are running the Windows 7 Beta and are having problem connecting your E650 phone, getting errors such as Device Driver was not successfully installed
then try downloading the Mobile Device Center 6.1, although it claims that
‘The Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is only supported on Windows Vista.’
It seems to work, although you may want to make any backups before doing so.
Download the software and then connect the phone through the USB-Mini usb cable, unlock it and follow the screens to set it up.
Hope that helps if you are having problems
Following on from the previous post I wanted to bring to your attention the Windows Online Gallery.
We’ve provided several sample themes and desktop wallpapers for our beta testers to try out. There are beta themes for the UK, US, Japan, and Germany, and also some “region neutral” themes and images.
When you click “Get more themes online” in Windows 7, you now get to the Gallery, where you can download the latest and coolest themes, backgrounds, desktop and sideshow gadgets. There are some UK themes in there including Beaghmore Stones (Northern Ireland), Llanwst (Wales) and my favourite Isle Of Lewis in Scotland:
Expect to see more gadgets and themes in this area over time as we add to them.
To access the themes from within Windows 7 do the following
To get to the gallery, click on the “Get more themes online” link in your Windows 7 Personalization control panel (Control Panel –> Appearance and Personalization—> Personalisation)
Some of the Photography in here are form Microsofties past and present as well so check it out.
Since starting this blog I have occasionally posted about highly rated articles on the Windows Help and How-to web site, such as here and here. So I thought as it was the start of the new year to look back a little and do a quick summary of the top 20 highest ranking articles for all of 2008, based on your feedback:
If you have not yet tried IE8 out then you may want to give the RC1* Windows Internet Explorer 8 a try
So try it out for your non Windows 7 machine at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8
*RC1 = Release candidate software is at a stage in the development process where it is ready to be evaluated by users while it undergoes final testing.
Just before the holidays MSN Mobile Music Store was launched in the U.K. where you can buy such things as ringtones, full track downloads and music videos from the likes of EMI, Warner, SONY etc…
To access the service: Text ‘MSN’ to 63463 and you will receive an SMS with a link to the MSN Mobile site. Once you are at the site, save the URL in your bookmarks, or as your home page if your device allows.
I have not tried it yet myself but it is on my list of things to do
MSN Mobile UK
however I do think the MSN guys need to update the image which shows a device with a stock ticker showing the FTSE at 6,210.20
which according to Yahoo hasn’t closed at that price since 19 May 2008
If you like your Windows Vista in Luxembourgish, then you can download the latest Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) now:
Click here to download the Luxembourgish Vista LIP.
We have updated the homepage of the Windows Help and How-to site focusing on making your PC run smoothly, sort of a mini-detox for your Vista PC. Check it out lets us know what you think