It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We're very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways, it sets a new quality bar for a beta operating system release. Building on top of the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 adds a great deal of polish and refinement to both the user interface and the underlying architecture, while at the same time introducing many new features and improvements that support new hardware, give power users and casual users alike better tools to manage their digital lives, and enable new classes of application experience.
Over future blog entries, I’ll spend time drilling into some of those areas in more detail; of course, there are plenty of articles already out there that dissect Windows 7 in some depth, with the Windows SuperSite and Ars Technica providing notably comprehensive entries. I’d also like to draw particular attention to the series of Windows 7 interviews that Yochay Kiriaty has been posting on Channel 9, which give the inside scoop on the development of many of the most significant new features.
For now, though, I want to focus in on some of “secrets” of Windows 7: the many little tweaks and enhancements that we’ve made in this release that I’ve discovered and collated over the last few months of using Windows 7 across my home and work machines. These are the things that are too small to appear in any marketing document as “features”, but that you quickly miss when you switch to an older version of Windows. There are some who think that we’re arbitrarily hiding functionality to make Windows easy for casual users, but I’d argue that a great deal of effort has been put into this release to satisfy power users. In homage to those of us who enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies of a new operating system list, I’ve put together the longest blog post that I’ve ever written. If you’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 Beta recently, I think you’ll enjoy this list of my thirty favorite secrets. Have fun!
This side-by-side docking feature is particularly invaluable on widescreen monitors – it makes the old Windows way of shift-clicking on two items in the taskbar and then using the context menu to arrange them feel really painful.
If it’s not obvious by the semi-tortuous steps above, it’s worth noting that this isn’t something we’re exactly desperate for folks to re-enable, but it’s there if you really need it for some reason. Incidentally, we’d love you to really try the new model first and give us feedback on why you felt the new taskbar didn’t suit your needs.
I didn't rush out and buy vista so I could wait even longer for all these 'features'?
iMac here i come....
Why doesn't 7 remember the size & position of individual folder windows? It always uses the size & position of the last explorer window open (even if it's a completley different folder). VERY ANNOYING.
I can’t believe it, I still haven’t installed Windows 7. And it isn’t for lack of trying. If anyone would
So, what have your ripped off from Mac OS X this time around?
Or, are you still waiting for Snow Leopard? :D
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Lovin' the Taskbar on the left side of my screen. One problem that I'd like to see addressed, though: pressing the start button should spawn the Start Menu BESIDE the button, not under it, where it blocks the taskbar buttons.
This is the most informative thing I've read about 7 so far.
On the quick launch question in 13 - the new model works fine for me. I generally run about 4-5 items on my quick launch toolbar.
My boss puts every app he ever uses on quick launch - two rows of about 10 icons each. For him, I'm pretty sure the new model is not going to work. I'm glad you posted the workaround so he doesn't go into withdrawal.
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It’s been a few days since I installed Windows 7 in my laptop. I now have installed SQL 2008, Visual
Some good new tips, thanks for sharing them.
I have try it! The Taskbar is looking good.
I've been running the Windows 7 beta for awhile now, and I'm in love! If you're relatively technical
Alors vous aussi vous testez Windows 7 ? Alors vous voudrez sans doute passer un petit moment à lire
Like most of the end users care of these,they want all their older apps and software to run properly,tell your buddies at the test labs to make a list of compat popular software + do all the testing
Finnally a Windows versions that will kick mac osx' ass. lol Mac can never beat windows and this is a fresh example how the mac mania will come to end with the begining of win 7. i hav tried all windows editions, linux and mac osx too. but windows comes always on top dispite a few little problems. ppl like mac because they dont hav to support a zillion hardware. they are closed to limited software as well as hardware. whereas windows has covered a lot of hardware as well as software. mac os x is just pretty looking thing with limited funtionality. for example you just cant cut and paste huge files on the same drive, you have to copy, that means lots of space wasted if ur on low space. and if u hav to burn 4 gb file god it hopelessly take forever. ppl dont know faults of mac n go on praising it. dont blame windows its the best thing in the world n no wonder its the prefered os in the world . the statistics shows n i think win 7 will bring those macoholics to their senses