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Windows 7 RC Available Vol 12-36 | May 6 2009
Qixing Zheng
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There’s an old Chinese saying that states “collective wisdom is powerful.” Window 7 Beta was made available to the public in January. Since then the Engineering team for Windows has been very busy listening to your feedback and making improvements to the Beta build. Starting yesterday, you can download and try out the Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Throughout our EnergizeIT tour last month, many of you came to the events and shared your thoughts on the user experience, performance, application capability and security of Windows 7 Beta. This feedback was extremely valuable because it provided a long-term evaluation of the product in real world environment, which Microsoft can’t easily test in lab settings. It’s your collective wisdom that results in better design solutions. For example, a common response was that the new Taskbar made it easier to launch and switch between different apps. However, as you pin more apps or documents to the taskbar it quickly turns into two rows and requires scrolling. In the RC design, the engineering team made a change to squeeze in 24-39% more icons before the taskbar scrolls. You also reminded us that performance is something close to a developers’ hearts. Every millisecond counts because of small multiples. Based on the user data from Windows 7 Beta, the engineering team has improved the system response time even further in the RC build.

Check out the Engineering blog for Window7 to learn more things Microsoft has changed since Windows 7 Beta and try out Windows 7 RC today! And, of course, continue to send your feedback.


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Developer Blog IT Architect Blog IT Manager Blog UX Blog IT Pro Blog
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