Yesterday, the Microsoft's CEO Steve Balmer announced the public availibility of the first beta release of Windows 7. I had a chance to have a quick look at it and the first impression I had was : "it's fast. And ?".
Stop kidding, but if you don't like the Aero style user interface, be prepared to be a bit overloaded. They have put one more layer of Aero and the new glassy toolbar simplifies the application navigation by replacing the multiple application icon by only one and allowing the user to see a preview of the running application when hovering the mouse on the icon.
I played few minutes with it, using minesweeper as well and I like pretty well the user interface, the rapidity and also the fact that it did not crash during the hour I tested it.
A nice little feature is the possibility to display the desktop by just moving the mouse. On the other side, Microsoft says connecting home devices will be really easier than before (home computer). That are only few features that will be in Windows 7. This new version of Windows will probably be released earlier than originally expected in order to try to make people forget about the Windows Vista flop.
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