Windows 7 features demo: From PDC Keynote

Steven Sinofsky did his keynote at PDC2008 unveiling Windows 7 to the world for the first time. Steven asked Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Experience, to come up on stage and demo specific Windows 7 features. It’s important to note that many of these features that were demoed during the Keynote were from more […]

Steven Sinofsky did his keynote at PDC2008 unveiling Windows 7 to the world for the first time. Steven asked Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Experience, to come up on stage and demo specific Windows 7 features. It’s important to note that many of these features that were demoed during the Keynote were from more recent Windows 7 build and didn’t make it into the Windows 7 build being handed out to attendees.

  • New Windows Taskbar in Windows 7: Focuses on application “tiles”. These application tiles can be arranged or re-arranged anywhere on the Windows Taskbar simply by grabbing the tiles and moving them where ever you want on the taskbar.
  • Jump Lists: When you right-click on an application on the new Windows Taskbar in Windows 7 – you get a “Jump List” of options.
  • Windows Explorer: introduces a new Navigation Pane showcasing easy access to your Libraries and HomegGroup as well as your Desktop and Computer. Libraries allow users to have all their data (documents, music, photos, videos, etc) all in one place.
  • Media Streaming: It just plays. Windows 7 makes it easier to play media on your home network (especially with HomeGroup). No more choices thrown at you when try to play media.
  • Device Stage: an all-in-one view of a specific device on in your PC’s Printers and Devices Folder – a new folder in Windows 7.
  • Personalization: In Windows 7 – your desktop is YOURS. Windows 7 will ship with specific themes users can use for their PCs or customize and create their own.
  • System Tray Enhancements: The Windows Taskbar also comes with System Tray enhancements that automatically hide all but a default set of notification icons. Hidden notification icons are put into an “overflow” menu which can be expanded out to view.
  • Wireless Networking: Directly from the System Tray, Windows 7 introduces a better way of quickly accessing and connecting to wireless networks.
  • Action Center: Action Center is the central spot for users to troubleshoot issues with their Windows 7 PCs, view reported problems (and report them to Microsoft), run maintenance tasks that can make your Windows 7 PC perform better.
  • UAC: Enhancements to UAC put users in control of how UAC communicates with them.
  • Touch Capabilities: Windows 7 spots huge investments in Touch capabilities. Julie demos quite a few of these features using a new HP TouchSmart PC.

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