Episode 32: Windows 7 First Impressions

This week Jon leads a discussion about our first impressions of Windows 7 Beta 1.

  • Previously bundled features are now distribued via Windows Live – good or bad?
  • Is the Windows Live suite just a standardized crapware?
  • Where’s our Photo Gallery?
  • Windows Marketplace???
  • Missing an ISO Mounter
  • The out of box experience
  • Window docking
  • Windows Explorer – side by side
  • Discoverability – shortcuts, etc.
  • “New features” that were already in Vista
  • New Wordpad and Paint with ribbons
  • Same old Notepad
  • Kevin’s underwhelmed with the updates to Paint
  • Could Windows Live Essentials include some friends, like Paint.NET?
  • Hey, a new calculator!
  • Problem Steps Recorder
  • Send Feedback
  • Nothing new for Remote Desktop?
  • Virtual Hard Drive support, but we want application virtualization
  • Multitouch
  • Distribution – why not via BitTorrent?
  • IE8 is still the same old IE8 that we know and meh
  • Windows Scenic Animation API
  • Looks like the API’s still all C++ and COM
  • The Vista Bridge project
  • The Ribbon control has graduated from an Office control to Windows
  • No WPF?
  • Jumplists