Windows 7 Up Close and Personal - HotHardware

Windows 7 Up Close and Personal

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Venturing into Windows 7 we've taken notice of some of the improvements and new features...

The taskbar now shows larger preview thumbnails for minimized windows, and sliding your mouse over the preview thumbnails also reveals the minimized window's previous location and size on the desktop.  If you have multiple instances of an application like Internet Explorer minimized the preview will show thumbnails of all of them. A nice touch is the inclusion of a "show desktop" feature that makes all windows transparent when you slide your cursor to the lower right of the screen beside the clock in the notification area. If you click the thin bar there, all windows are minimized.


Windows 7 Taskbar With Larger Preview Panes


The inclusion of Internet Explorer 8 brings "Accelerators" to Windows 7 Beta. Accelerators allow you to highlight text in a web page then click the Accelerator Icon (Blue icon with double arrows)  and select an action to perform with the selected text. Your Accelerator options can be pre-configured and default ones enabled or disabled as you like for your purposes. We have seen this used previously in Voice Over IP applications, like Skype, that allow you to dial phone numbers from web pages.  

In the following video, a Microsoft rep demonstrates Accelerators and the improved taskbar previews, live for us at CES 2009.




"Jump Lists" are a new feature on the start menu. A jump list appears to the right of an application in the start menu showing you the files you have worked with most or recently in that program.
Windows 7 has a new way of organizing documents, pictures, music, videos, and whatever category of items you may decide to group via the new libraries feature, which is accessible from any explorer window left side navigator pane.

The end user now has an Action Center from which security settings can be adjusted and troubleshooting and recovery tasks may be performed.  If you look to the left of the Action Center, in the task pane there is a link that opens the User Account Control Settings. Here you will find a rather large slider that allows you to set the level of notification or prompts that Windows gives you as you perform tasks. This is where you can turn off the annoying "are you sure you want to do this" feature of Windows 7 that is such a nuisance in Vista. Just slide the control all the way to the bottom and you can go about your tasks, including accessing administrative functions, without being prompted for permission.




Libraries

Action Center
User Account Control Settings

Microsoft has added a couple of features to make tasks easier as well. The new HomeGroup networking feature allows Windows 7 computers to easily connect to each others' shared devices and libraries. An easy to follow wizard guides you though the process of creating a group with a unique password to give others that want to join. Alternatively you can click join now and enter the password necessary to access an existing HomeGroup. Additionally, one of the goals of Windows 7 is to provide better device management and this is accomplished via a new Devices and Printers screen where you can connect, add, and manage printers,USB devices, etc.



HomeGroup

Devices and Printers

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Thanks for the overview of Windows 7. I actually have the Beta, but I haven't tried it yet. Didn't have time to try it out. Will do so soon, once I get my new Quad-Core system. :)

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So I haven't heard or looked it up yet....but does WMP/WMC have built-in H.264 support?

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ice91785 - Yes it includes H.264 support. When you download the beta there is a notice as follows:

NOTICE ABOUT THE H.264/AVC VISUAL STANDARD. This software includes H.264/MPEG-4 AVC visual compression technology. MPEG LA, L.L.C. requires this notice:

THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND/OR (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERICAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C SEE HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM

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Left HugRight Hug

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I cannot wait to see that final production of windows 7 :)

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Its beginning to look like a sold OS, the likes of which have not been seen since Win98.

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Sorry but Windows 7 looks very unimpressive. If they still are using the NTFS file system, then it is a complete and utter failure just like vista. The WinFS was supposed to be part of longhorn till it got scrapped due to time constraints cause MS dicked around for 5 years...go figure. All that vista did was kill legacy support and do some lil fancy things to the desktop, and actually made it perform worse than XP in everyday tasks and gaming. Windows 7 just looks like Vista with a fancier coat of paint, but still the same old crap underneath.

MS needs to get their act together and release a real operating system, not this foo-foo frilly crap they keep trying to pawn off as a real OS.

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It's not all frills, didn't you see the media playback statistics? That proves one thing:

Apparently they spent a lot of their time optimizing the DRM - given that there was no change in gaming performance.

Yay?

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3vi1:

It's not all frills, didn't you see the media playback statistics? That proves one thing:

Apparently they spent a lot of their time optimizing the DRM - given that there was no change in gaming performance.

Yay?

oh and what good is media playback when your computer tries to open a file and blanks everything out and asks you if you really want to open this file, then it BSOD's just cause you took to long to click ok and were ignoring it.  Optimizing DRM....uh that is not something done with an OS, that is something done to files in which a program will then have to use special algorhythms to decrypt/encrypt or use keys or whatever to play the file depending on what kind of DRM  is being used.  Sounds to me like they just got a patch for a media play back software not the actual OS on that one, that or someone is talking about crap they dont understand or know fully about.

Painted crap is still crap, just a diff color.

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