Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) Part 1

I’ve stated this countless times already, but it is finally time for my thoughts on the current beta of Windows 7 Build 7000.

The first major thing that you’ll see when you start Windows 7 for the 1st time is the new taskbar.

As you can see, the taskbar is a mix of Windows Vista (the Start Orb) and a mix of OSX (the dockbar). The default Windows 7 install puts IE 8, Windows Explorer, and WMP as the 1st 3 icons. This new taskbar is a blend of the old Windows taskbar and the Quick Launch that was introduced with IE 4. All related windows are grouped with that application. So multiple Firefox windows will show up as one Firefox icon on the taskbar.

One major change is when one right clicks on an item in the taskbar. Gone is the basic context menu, and is replace with a new feature called the Jumplist.

The Jumplist will give your history from IE 8 right at your fingertips and give you common commands for an application if it supports the Jumplist feature.

This is just a little taste of the changes in Windows 7. Stay tuned for the next part of my Windows 7 breakdown.

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