Microsoft looks past Vista at Windows 7

October 28, 2008

Microsoft finally lifted the curtain on Windows 7 to an enthusiastic audience of developers at the company’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.

Here are some details that didn’t make it into our story.

  • Touch – It’s probably the most eye-catching new feature. You can use your finger to click on different programs, scroll through documents, flick to and from various Web pages and sift through photos. It’s also multi-touch — so feel free to use both hands.
  • HomeGroup – Who likes setting up home networks? This feature finds and connects all Windows 7 computers on your home network. If you have one computer that holds all your music but want to play songs on a separate PC, HomeGroup lets you play music on any computer in your network regardless of whether the music is actually on that machine’s hard drive. It also lets all the computers on the network easily share printers without having to install drivers on each machine.
  • New Taskbar – Any open window on the taskbar presents a quick snapshot of what is open. If you hover over those snapshots, it will provide a full screen preview. Also, anything on the taskbar can be moved and “pinned” to specific locations.

(Photo: Reuters/Fred Prouser)


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Doesn’t seem to be much here that wasn’t previously available. Performance improvement is the most important thing windows needs, and this does not appear to be addressed.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

Too bad you don’t know know how to research, the performance is GREATLY improved as other in depth articles point out. I bet you own a mac an ipod and an iphone like all the other sheep.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

This is a joke. Windows 7 is just service pack 2 for Vista which they’re gonna charge for. Some GUI has changed, but the barebone of it is Vista with some needed tweaks.

Ben – iPod and iPhone like other sheep? Ever opened your eyes to see that Windows is the most used OS in the world? If you want to be “different” use Ubuntu or some other linux OS.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive