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.
Why do you still use C:/ ... drives for user interface if internally you use more unix-like paths (.e.g /Volumes/UUID/..) ?
In 2009 we are still blocked by your A:/ to Z:/ mount points !
It would be useful to be able to use the internal mount points naming scheme easily without breaking anything !
It would be a good feature, all other recent OSes does it....
Gracias al gran Juls , acabo de leer un excelente artículo sobre Windows 7. Es de lectura imprescindible
Overall I like the new taskbar. Not sure about having each tab in IE show up in its own preview though. If I minimize IE (with a bunch of tabs open, I often have a dozen or more) is there a quick way to restore it (with the last tab I was on still active) without having to remember which tab I was on and without having to use multiple clicks (i.e. on the IE icon and then on a specific tabs preview)?
А бета тоже активировать нужно или нет?
I wish the Favorites in explorer could contain folders that can open and show links. In XP I could do it, but miss it in Vista and Win7. See my video on my skydrive... sorry about the audio: http://tinyurl.com/MyWin7Wish
Ahora que ya es pública la beta de Windows 7, creo de lo más interesante divulgar esta entrada del blog
Kolleeg evangelist Tim Sneath on oma blogisse kokku kogunud 30 huvitavat nippi ja trikki Windows 7 kohta.
Jmm, I am starting to think 7 might not be a rehash of Vista
Interesting tricks, but no meat to them. Smoke and mirrors. Why can I not open the Documents folder? Why the move to a Unix-like file system hierarchy after such disdain by MS towards Unix?
Everyone I know that has used Windows since 95 wonders why the menu system is designed to inhibit those who wish for logical organization, and drill down structure.
Windows 7 Beta and VPC 2007 Incompatibilities
On the topic of side-docked taskbars, i wish you could REVERSE the order of the taskbar. IE the start button is still in the bottom left corner, the tray is in the top left corner and programs on the taskbar stack upwards.
Why, oh, why, cant this be a feature!?
I somehow feel reminded to Mac OS X or Linux (having a lot of those features for ages) when reading e. g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27. ;-)
Sorry, couldn't resist. But I'd appreciate if Microsoft did something decent with Windows 7 again – the last decent Windows I saw was 3.11.
Excellent list, one that justifies the blogs.msdn.com domain!
Yeah, but did they fix the search?
A whole bunch of really ridiculous and useless smarffle.
When will MS learn that 99% of what they added to DOS is totally useless. Please take away IE. Throw out all those stupid dinky user interface enhancements. Throw out System Repair and just do a simple Disk Image tool For the sake of sanity, get your act together MS.!!! Windows 7 is a load of overhyped garbage and should be trashed immediately.