Windows 7 Build 7004 screenshot revealed

Scott Wylie, Microsoft's New Zealand Director of Development and Platform Strategy, revealed a Windows 7 build 7004 screen shot on his blog yesterday.

The build in question was compiled on the 3rd December with the tag 7004.0.081201-1410 according to Winfuture. Microsoft employees were given access to the beta build earlier this week with a welcome message that read "Thank you for joining us on our shared journey to Windows 7. The work we've done is largely based on the feedback we've gotten from you before and throughout the development process. We rely on beta testers, like you, to help refine the product before it's commercially released. If you haven't already installed the Beta, we want you to! Please refer to the Installation Instructions to get started".

Build 7000 is due to be beta 1, build 7004 is the next branch that starts for the RC/RTM phase. From the small screen shot you can tell that the folder icons on the desktop are coloured blue like Live Mesh folders and have a glass tint across them. As the screen shot is so small it's hard to tell whether any elements have truly changed visually. We expect the blue coloured folders are simply Live Mesh synced folders rather than newly coloured folders.

Microsoft is expected to announce the Windows 7 Beta 1 on 7th January 2009 at Steve Ballmer's CES keynote.

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I agree with the above two posts. Come on now... Win7 is closer to Vista than XP. From what we can see, it's a whole lot better too.

Actually, wait, I know it's better. I use it.

Hey guys. Since a lot of people on here seem concerned about the configurations available on Windows 7's Taskbar. I've gone ahead and taken some screenshots of the different configurations available. Let me know what you think, and if you'd like a shot of any other configuration, I'll be happy to post it.

http://w7.netraworks.com/

Nice job, this should help people out.

BTW, is there the option to still have text labels and always combine/group them? Just wondering if that even works out at all.

No there isn't, but it seems that its fairly intelligent about how it works. And when it groups the windows together, it puts connected borders around the grouped icons and a margin between the groups. I'll add a couple more shots to illustrate this.

You don't have the Vista-style "never combine, small icons" on there. I've already seen it, but many haven't; you may want to add that one.

Added the Vista-style never combine. Also added a shot of moving the groups around. As well as a shot with the vista style icons and large toolbar icons, looks pretty sweet.

How about small icons, always combine, no text labels, with taskbar on left side? Right now all you have is big icons on the left side.

MuCtEr said,
I've updated the above link with a couple shots of how the grouping works with several apps open.


Thank you. That was awesome. Far better than the **** poor resolution single screenie that started this thread.

nunjabusiness said,
You can't.

can someone tell for sure, is it really so and why? because when you start installing new build over old (6956 on top of 6810) there is an option to upgrade and it actually works. however it didn't work for me and failed at the very end of installation (also when I tried to upgrade from Vista), but I tought it's because of some settings or software. also, shouldn't the upgrade feature be a part of testing?

the taskbar icons are looking like they are morphing from vista->Kde->mac.
i think the designers ultimate aim here is to look like mac. before you start, i only use windwos. no fanboy of any OS.
I have used many distro's of linux. used mac's but windows i know, and prefer.
but like i said, i think the developers are starting to go to mac's dock

end users shouldn't really care about who steals from who. in the end we just need better interface, that's all.

Can some body please shre a sreenshot of build 6956 with vista basic or rather win7 basic theme? pecsly i wanna kno how task switching in basic mode, as i have an old laptop that doesn;t run aero Thanks in advnce...

there is actually no need to show screenshot, because basic and classic themes are exactly the same as in Vista (except taskbar in basic theme, it's blue now). More important thing is about features and task switching - most of it (if not all of them) aren't available without aero. This means no previews, no aero-peek, aero-shake, no desktop preview when you hover cursor over "show desktop" button, and also performance on basic and classic themes is lower compared to aero enabled interface.

х.iso said,
there is actually no need to show screenshot, because basic and classic themes are exactly the same as in Vista (except taskbar in basic theme, it's blue now). More important thing is about features and task switching - most of it (if not all of them) aren't available without aero. This means no previews, no aero-peek, aero-shake, no desktop preview when you hover cursor over "show desktop" button, and also performance on basic and classic themes is lower compared to aero enabled interface.

actually i was looking for screen shot that shows how am i gonna task switch among windows, i guess it will be like old windows vista way, without taskbar grouping.... like i do now... thanks for help anyways...

usman767 said,
actually i was looking for screen shot that shows how am i gonna task switch among windows, i guess it will be like old windows vista way, without taskbar grouping.... like i do now... thanks for help anyways...

task grouping and rearranging will work on basic or classic theme.

I like what he said on his blog: "I like Vista. Since SP1 I have been running Vista on three machines with no problems. I like the UI"

haha... Well... I dont expect something different from the Director of Development and Platform Strategy. If not he will be fired or converted to scientologist :P

oh. I know is too early to say but to me is yet another vista skin. People WONT pay for a skin. It happend with vista and might happend with 7

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