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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Look: Microsoft's Windows 7

Microsoft recently took the wraps of the preview version of Windows 7, which will be the successor to Vista.At first glance, Windows 7 maintains the streamlined look of Vista, but appears more muted, even Windows XP like. Mostly, Microsoft seems to be focusing more on functionality, possibly in a bid to put some distance between Windows 7 and Vista.

Windows 7 will be easier to connect to cameras, phones, and printers. That's handled in the OS by Windows 7's new Device Center.Most obviously, a quick tour through Windows 7 reveals its new taskbar, which is sparser than in previous iterations of the OS. From the screen shots, it's clear that Microsoft has listened to criticism and tuned many features, including search and access to security controls. The look and feel of the user interface is also highly customizable.

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