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.
Nieuwe toetsenbord combinaties: Windows toets + Linker pijl – Dock links Windows toets + Rechter
Since Saturday January 10th, Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) has found its way to a lot of people downloading
Windows 7 Tips, Tricks and Secrets
… this bumper list of tips, tricks and secrets pops up from Tims . Cool, and just makes me more excited
Wow, thats a pretty exhaustive list ! Thanks for putting it all in one place.
(another name for the siamese fighting fish is "betta" -- is that it?)
Wikipedia states that Betta is pronounced as the greek, Beta.
Typically I keep my posts focused on CRM but I have been testing Windows 7 since the PDC build and I
Yup that's what I'd guess the joke's about. Had one of those when I was a kid, it was named "Alpha" :P
(same color too :D)
Bela lista de dicas para o Windows 7 feita pelo Tim Sneath . Clique aqui para conferir. Abraços. Chilá
The 'Black Box Recorder' - have it running while the 'plane' is in the air. Don't switch it on after the crash.
Enjoy the fish?
I really wonder why that fish is there... wiki did not helped... see you...
Thanks for this list! I've also installed Windows 7 on my Samsung NC 10 and - other than some difficulties with setting up wireless (had to switch it and the router to WPA2-Personal from WPA-Personal for some reason) - I have been pretty happy with it.
On the Quick Launch bar, I still use it and will probably continue to do so (now that I know how). Usually the first thing I do when I set up a computer for myself is move the Quick Launch bar to the right-hand side and leave the task bar on the bottom (though usually set to auto-hide). Vista made that harder to do, and Windows 7 even harder, but at least I have that option. I generally put all the apps I use on a regular basis on it (which is quite a few), and there just isn't enough room with it on the task bar.
Fantastic post. Windows 7 is truly impressive.
"Enjoy The Fish" - Nice one. You'll have to change it for release.