Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 19:02 UTC
Windows Windows 7 is out and about. Microsoft has been unusually secretive about Vista's successor, but now that PDC is under way, they have unveiled the various enhancements to the user interface. Windows 7 might not have any significant under-the-hood changes (in fact, all your applications and devices will still work), but on the outside, Windows 7 represents the biggest change for the Windows user interface ever since Windows 95 came out.
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by PowerMacX on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:35 UTC
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The most prominent change is the completely new taskbar. [...] Taskbar buttons lack text - they are icon only - and you can (finally!) rearrange and pin them in whatever way you like. Another new feature are jump lists:

Jump lists provide quick access to application features. Applications that use the system API [...] There's also an API to allow applications to add custom entries; Media Player, for example, includes special options to control playback.

In other words, Windows is finally getting something very similar to the Dock in Mac OS X. Now *that* would be a reason to upgrade from XP.

(Yes, I know there are several third party dock clones available for Windows, but a standard API to control it, as the quote mentions, makes all the difference)

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