And so it begins! Windows 7 has finally shown its face; LITERALLY! Up to this point, it has been nothing but rumors and minute credible information scattered amongst them, fake screenshots, a MinWin demo (if it weren’t involved with Windows 7, Ben Stein couldn’t have made it any less interesting where UX is concerned), fake videos, and did I mention rumors? It’s almost eerie how word of Windows 7 has made it out in comparison to that fateful day back in 2002 when the first Longhorn screenshots found their way to the internet via Calvin Zheng. The build itself, 3663.Lab06_N.020728-1728, never made its way into the hands of all those longing to try it (not to be confused with the first public BUILD leak of Longhorn, which was 3683) but it’s still too soon to tell if the same fate awaits Windows 7 build 6519. I would be VERY surprised if it doesn't leak within the next month or so but that's just my opinion and certainly nothing to lose sleep over.
First of all, the ever-present, “Is it real?” Yes, it’s very real. I'm talkin' "The Matrix" real. "What is 'real'? How do you define 'real'?" (Sorry... I couldn't help but add the obligatory movie quote) Anyway, for those of you who don’t know how to listen to and trust the people who have built their reputation in the Windows beta community off of credibility, let us try a different approach. Take a look at the first Longhorn screenshots that hit the net back in 2002: