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So through work I got a copy of the Windows 7 PDC build, and then ran the little 'update' to enable the new taskbar. Although it is not the full-featured taskbar that will be in the final build (the 'peek' feature is not in it), I have been using it for 2 days, and I must say that I am a fan.



Since I primarily use Vista and OS X occasionally for trying to replicate issues at work, I can see how some say that is like the Dock, but then again it feels so much different than the dock. Really, it is just a mix of the dock and the Windows task bar. The new functionality is very nice, I love how opening multiple windows of one application will not completely populate the bar, and the mouse-over preview and select is very nice indeed. The best part of the mouse-over preview is the ability to close windows from this view. Very nice to be able to close the app without having to completely open it. I am very surprised on how smooth the operation between the previews is, and how polished it is.



The most impressive thing about it though is the subtle things that it includes. Whenever you mouse over the icons, they will light up and follow your mouse, and each icon lights up with the primary color that the icon is. I.E. the Firefox icon is primarily orange, and there is an orange highlight, and the IE one lights up blue.

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Using this for the past 2 days has been very nice, and I cannot wait for Windows 7 to be released!
Edited by bdattilo - 11/4/08 at 4:18pm
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post #2 of 24
Little update to enable it? You mean a windows update or a "fix" by the community?

Finally a good reason to start up my Windows 7 Virtual Machine!
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post #3 of 24
looks like nothing more than a transparent version of the vista taskbar.
    
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Looks awesome. I'm installing tonight. Can't wait to see the improvements over Vista. I've only heard great things.
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what build do you have
i have build 6801
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Dang Windows 7 is going to be so awesome. I mean, even little things like the primary color of the icon being used for the button color is quite a feat. I especially like how the preview shows all tabs that are open in the specific application.

Don't tell anyone, but I plan on downloading it tonight and testing it out.
    
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How unproductive.
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It is build 6801, and there is a community 'fix' that enables it. Like I said, it is not a full-featured new taskbar.

Here is the link to the 'fix' - http://www.withinwindows.com/2008/11...me-workaround/
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i have a question about drivers. are you able to use vista drivers for it? (i.e. like wireless and gpu?)
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Quote:
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i have a question about drivers. are you able to use vista drivers for it? (i.e. like wireless and gpu?)
I installed it on my laptop (Dell Vostro 1400) and every driver was found by Windows Update. You should be able to use Vista drivers though, since the OS's are pretty similar.
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