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Microsoft Makes 36 changes to Windows 7

Getting ready for RC1

| Software News | Posted: Feb 27, 2009 3:05 pm

Microsoft is boasting that due to the massive participation in the Windows 7 Beta 1 Customer Preview Program, that they have been able to make 36 changes to Windows 7.


These changes, according to MS are going to improve the look, feel and performance of the OS. Among the 36 changes are 10 for the desktop, four for the touch system, and four to the control panel.


The changes have been announced on the "Engineering Windows 7 Blog" and have received mixed reviews from bloggers. Some are claiming these are window dressing while others see them as MS really trying to act on tester's feedback.


Read more here at Computer World.


Microsoft Makes 36 changes to Windows 7

Among the changes Sareen highlighted were 10 affecting the Window 7 desktop, four to the operating system's new touch-sensitive features, another four to the Control Panel and eight to Windows Media Player.


Many of the changes are so minor that they may be difficult to spot. One tweak, for example, increases the number of times that notification windows -- such as those of an incoming instant message -- flash to get the user's attention. Microsoft upped the number of flashes from three in the beta to seven in the release candidate.


Others modifications, however, should be easy to spot: According to Sareen, developers have squeezed up to 39% more icons on the taskbar before it begins scrolling to show the remainder.


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