Hello Windows 7

Windows 7 is the next Microsoft Operating System (scheduled for release later this year) and is now available for testing as a public beta. I grabbed it yesterday and now have it running in a virtual machine on my Vista PC.

So far, I like what I see. The most noticeable change from Vista right away is the behaviour of the taskbar and quick launch toolbar which have been combined into one. In default mode, the buttons next to the Start Menu can now represent both shortcuts and running programs, which is kind of what macs do and not something I’m fond of. I think this will confuse a lot of people, but it can be changed easily if you don’t like it.

So, what does it look like? Pretty much like Vista really, with some changes to the UI in places (for the better). Here’s some little screenshots as a teaser – although not quite as fancy as they could be as the glassy aero user interface isn’t available inside a VM.

Default desktop:

Click through for the rest of the set…

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