Microsoft is still using the Windows 7 codename for their upcoming operating system. The company recently released the M3 build of Windows 7 to selected partners and first screenshots of changes in that build have hit the web shortly thereafter. The Windows 7 News website posted more than 20 Windows 7 screenshots on their website showing the changes, features and new looks of the upcoming Windows operating system.
Most experts do agree that Windows 7 will be available sooner than they had expected. Microsoft was always speaking of a 3 years since Windows Vista release date which could be any date in 2009 and 2010. As of now most seem to suggest that Windows 7 might hit the streets no later than June 2009 which would be very early considering that Microsoft is putting lots of efforts on Windows Vista promotion currently.
Back to the screenshots. They show the changes to the Microsoft Paint and Wordpad programs which got an overhaul just like Windows Calculator which broke news earlier this year. The screenshots seem to suggest that part of the Control Panel is also getting an overhaul. The Display Properties for one are looking completely different compared to previous versions of Windows. While those changes might make sense Microsoft should also consider that many users might feel a little bit lost in Windows 7.
Windows Media Player light sounds like a nice idea if the client is loading faster and more responsive. Anything that you want to add?
Update: It turns out that Microsoft has made additional changes to long living programs of the operating system, including several of the games that ship with every version of it. It is interesting to note that the company follows the same path for its Windows 8 operating system that will be released in October 2012. Changes here include a revamped Windows Explorer file manager, a new task manager layout, and of course, the new Metro start page that does away with the start menu of the operating system.
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