Windows

A first look at the Windows 7 PDC release

Show Desktop lets you view gadgets

Gadgets are typically used to show information that you need to glance at, but that doesn’t need to occupy prime screen real estate all the time. To sneak a glance, hover the mouse pointer over the Show Desktop area at the right end of the taskbar; Windows leaves the window outlines onscreen as the desktop and gadgets become visible. As in previous Windows versions, click Show Desktop to minimize all windows.

16 comments
ScarF
ScarF

Too bad. It looks that Windows 7, same as Vista, is trying to compete with Apple's OSs or with CSI's (the series) fictional interfaces. This brings MS OSs at the level of home users - mainly the ones interested in multimedia. I consider this to be the wrong strategy for MS since I suppose that very soon they will start loosing business customers. These exact gadgets stopped Apple in becoming an interesting choice for companies. That is why Apple may prove itself more useful for mass media industry and for multimedia processing. And, these features are the exact ones which the companies outside the above mentioned industries don't need. What companies need is a simple, fast, reliable and secure OS. Not all the cartoons embedded in the new MS OSs. And, since it is harder every day to find a PC with Windows XP pre-installed, I am seriously considering switching to Linux. I may replace MS Exchange with Lotus Domino on Linux, and keep a MS Windows server for MS SQL. I may even replace the file and printing sharing with Samba. Or, I may decide to keep the Windows server just for these functions. There are many options for replacing a MS server. Not so many for the desktops, though. Still, the only solutions I have to find now for the desktops - which stop me for switching right now to Linux, are AutoCAD for Linux and a replacement for MS Outlook or, at least, for Lotus Notes client. But, since MS is pushing me to install an OS with unneeded kitschy functionality, I have no other choice but starting to research on how to replace everything we use now in our company with Linux counterparts. As an idea for Outlook, I may use OWA instead of the MS Outlook client. Or, maybe, MS will decide to provide a simplified OS for business - stripped of all these unwanted bells and whistles. Who knows? Time will tell.

jwilson
jwilson

Didn't see one thing here for business. Looks like another attempt to just make things pretty. Business needs a secure, well-built OS that runs well on systems with limited resources. I work for a large selection of various businesses and not one has even a remote interest in Vista. I hope Microsoft puts a lot of thought and effort into this OS as it very well could be their "Swan Song"

namorip
namorip

Linux starts to look very attractive considering the development speed of windows. bells and whistles can convince novice and low-level users (and some dumb managers as well) but pro IT ain't gonna buy it. again. i really want to believe that.

ref
ref

I sell a couple of computers a week and repair 20-50 per week. Vista comes in rarely. I've only sold 3 Vista machines which were all brought back in for XP Pro reinstall. Vista is too slow for little kids, too complicated for all the retirees in our area to change to or to learn as a first OS, impossible for the uneducated, impossible to upgrade to without buying a new machine even though your old PC has plenty of life left in it. I can't recommend it at all. I always discourage it. When will Microsoft learn that user-friendly is the name of the game. We like windows because it can get us places on the net, with action games, replace a lot of bookkeepers, and do a pretty good job with HW and SW compatibility (excluding Vista). Linux still hasn't become street legal yet in compatibility, but Windows is going the other way. Massively sized graphics, bugs, barebones programs, BIG TICKET COST, vulnerability, constant little changes and updates like crazy . . . Vista stinks and unless a budget friendly, low memory usage, don't-work-your-hard-drive-to-death, don't-work-your-CPU-to-death, quick booting OS shows up soon, Microsoft is begging home and small office users to get lost! They don't care. What is going on??? I used to set up customers' computers to boot in 30 seconds with Windows 98. With XP, it is 120 seconds. With Vista, it is over 3 minutes. I have 170 dialup isp users on my own system. Ever try a dialup on vista? With an antivirus, you may answer 16 yes or no questions after you've connected just to get to your first web page. What in the world is this? Calgon, take me away!

a.vande.goor
a.vande.goor

First impression looks good! In all languages?

ecooper12
ecooper12

Thanks for posting this comprehensive preview. Couple of points, though, wireless connection works that way in XP (select, connect, authenticate), as does system restore, so not sure what you meant for those two items. Other than that, great preview and thanks again.

C-3PO
C-3PO

One of the annoying things about Internet TV for me has been that it's only available in the US... up in Canada, I have not been able to receive TV via my media player. Does anyone know if this is changing in for Windows 7? Seems like a great feature that a large part of the world can't take advantage of!

aphorist
aphorist

This suggests Vista was a release candidate that escaped! Surely, by this stage, we want concrete news of substantive improvements rather than details of an improved brand of polish.

JHASKINS75
JHASKINS75

It would be absolutely crimminal for microsoft to create and sponser this new version without seriously correcting the many flaws of all 4 versions of Vista. I hope we all do not receive a shiney covered over version, and the old rusted surface is still underneth!!!

JHASKINS75
JHASKINS75

Super cool, Man. Truely sensational...Bring it on, Now...

epiovani
epiovani

Just call it.... M$ "Exposed".... OSX all over the place... so blatantly based on OS X it's shameful...

CPPCrispy
CPPCrispy

At first glance I thought that I was looking at a Windows version of Linux. The interface looks, to me at least, like Microsoft took the KDE interface off of Linux and changed it just enough to make it look like a Microsoft created it.

Gravitywell
Gravitywell

Looks pretty cool- I guess it'll be free for those of us who fell for Vista? Upgrade pack or something like it? (Yeah, right!)

jarah.1111
jarah.1111

It seems Vista was just chucked together and W7 seems to much more organized. Microsoft has some great ideas for windows 7 but they should all be included in Windows Vista I think through Updates. Thank god they made a UAC slide controller :D

ray.menzel
ray.menzel

give its Vista users a chance to upgrade to this NEW viable operating system. I wanted to wait for 7, but my home computer needed replacement. Vista has not met my expectations, its users or corporate executives, so why not think of us when 7 is released by allowing a free upgrade??? That would show honesty in character and not greed in value.

ref
ref

Didn't Microsoft just hire Jerry Seinfeld for $300,000,000 for 10 years to sell us on its new OS? Do you think they're going to sack their stockholders to give us Windows 7? I think not. I'd dance in the street if they came up with a 30 second booting, easy interfaced, hardware friendly OS for $59.95. Not everyone is watching TV and playing video games on their computer. Why must the OS be Ferrarri when 99% of the computer users I meet only need a 1988 Honda Civic?