Windows 7 BETA 1Watch
My first opinions of Windows 7 are suprising that it's actually bloody amazing, very stable, runs games smoothly, haven't experienced any BSOD's as of yet, hardware seems stable with it aswell. Another thing I noticed was the driver support was alot better on this considering it's only a pre-beta than Vista itself, it knew exactly what I was running without me having to download the drivers manually.
So you're probably sitting there asking whats new in this almighty windows 7 well here is a taster for you:
Windows Aero Peek, the concept is that you can highlight the conversation, window etc that you want to see without actually clicking it and it shows that window as shown here:
Another feature which is stupid to really show is desktop slideshows, you can now select multiple desktops like such: (ok so I can show you but I ain't showing them all!)
<a href="http://www.davtaylor.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/desktop_slideshow.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-5" title="desktop_slideshow" src="http://www.davtaylor.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/desktop_slideshow-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>
Few weeks back Build 6801 was released and thanks to withinwindows.com we where able to enable the "Super Bar" with the .dll workaround, however in this build the Super Bar is already enabled and I have to say it's far superior to what I thought it would be like.
As you can see next to the msn icon there is a stack on the right showing there are multiple windows open as you can see already on the aeropeek screenshot, it works well, I have yet to fill my taskbar (Yes Tom Ferguson it's possible on a 30" Screen). And last but not least the good old start menu, it's been changed, again. You can now preview what you lasted opened in them as shown here:
Oh and the new bootscreen aswell:
<a href="http://www.davtaylor.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dsc01461oj1.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-9" title="Bootscreen 2" src="http://www.davtaylor.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dsc01461oj1-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>
And the last new feature DirectX 11:
These are of course the features I, myself have found, however, there are probably more still to be discovered as well it's only day 3 of the leak isn't it. Below is a link to the localized wallpapers in Windows 7 for you to see/use and also a link to a .reg file to get rid of the annoying "Send feedback" Microsoft have added at the top right of every window.
And the .reg file:
here is a virus scan of the .reg file incase anyone is worried!:
This was written about build 6801 which is now out of date, the most recent build is 7000 which includes:
XP Driver Support
New Build of IE8
most of this build was backend work, if you watch the video at the top of the post you can see it in action.
Better than OSX? I don't think so :-P
@Henry: Only build 7000 has been released.
I meant the most recent release (which I presume is 7000 in that case)
@Doggy: A post mentioned on jcxp.net
He tested the 32-bit versions of Windows 7 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3. Two separate test machines were used:
An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM
Neither of these computers is top of the line, but Windows 7 managed to outperform both Vista and XP on both. Kingsley gave a 1 to the operating system that finished each test first, a 2 for second place, and a 3 for third. Windows 7 scored 25 points on both systems, placing first in 21 tests, and second in two other ones. On the AMD system, XP scored 61 points and Vista scored 52, while on the Intel system, XP scored 56 points and Vista scored 57.
Shame it look disgusting IMHO. "Super bar" - what? It looks horrible.
I wonder what the performance will be like after they add the DRM code? After all, Longhorn was really fast too, before it got scrapped.
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 2Ghz
3Gb DDR2 Ram 667Mhz
ATi Mobility HD3650
And it always seemed very responsive, speedy and didn't seem to hang for anything, all in all very impressed and am now looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Windows 7 uses the same kernel as Vista, doesn't it?
Windows 7 looks like Vista? WTF????
yeah, i think so.
well observed. why should it look different?
I wonder where the world would be if microsoft became bankcrupt?
Windows 7 looks like Vista? WTF????
So microsoft can fool people to make them buy their new OS = better profits for microsoft.
98/ME/2000 all looked identical, i don't see why this is a big deal.