Windows 7 Build 7004 is live. The silence might be deafening on the official communication channels, but the Redmond company is indeed dogfooding Windows 7 Build 7004, a version that has evolved past the 69xx build numbers associated with the pre-beta releases of the operating system, but also with the 7000 build number that has become associated with the first fully-fledged Beta of Windows Vista's successor.
Scott Wylie, Microsoft's New Zealand Director of Development and Platform Strategy, is one of the software giant's employees testing Windows 7 Build 7004. Wylie leaked the first screenshot of Windows 7 Build 7004's desktop in a post that has been removed since then, but which continues to be accessible through Google cache.
“This feels like a completed OS, it doesn't say beta, to me it says almost done. The UI is noticeably more responsive, in fact the whole machine feels more snappy, lighter somehow. The new UI features (taskbar, preview windows, jumplists etc.) are really useful and unobtrusive. It will take a little while to get used to the slightly revised task switching, but I think it will be more intuitive long term,” Wylie stated.