We all read the news that Windows 7 is expected in late 2009 and that first milestone releases are send out to partners for testing purposes.
Microsoft is very secretive about features and layout of the Windows Vista successor and does not publish any information regarding the new operating system at the time of writing.
Since the milestone 1 release has been out two forum posts with information have emerged. One was deleted after a short period of time but the cached version remains. The tester was not really happy with Windows 7 and expressed those feelings explicitly.
The second appearance was on a Chinese forum were screenshots were posted. Until now no one was able to verify this images but they could be legit after all. They do look terribly like Windows Vista which is understandable for such an early build. Let us all hope and prey that Microsoft will not concentrate on more eye candy in Windows 7.
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Update: It is still not clear if those screenshots have been taken from original Windows 7 builds or if they have been fake. What we do know though is that Windows 7 turned out to be different from what the screenshots show. While there is still some resemblance to earlier versions of Windows, XP and Vista especially, Microsoft has improved the look and feel of Windows 7 considerable.
Emphasize has been laid on the taskbar of the operating system which supports the pinning of programs for fast access, like a second start menu that is always visible on your screen. The new operating system supports custom themes that users can download from Microsoft, other Internet sites or even create by themselves. Add to that speed and performance improvements and a set of other features and you end up with an operating system that is been positively reviewed by the majority of users.
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