Windows 7: screenshot gallery

Windows 7: screenshot gallery

Summary: Attendees at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference have received a 'pre-beta' version of Windows 7. Check out some of the key changes in Vista's successor.


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  • User Account Control
    Windows 7 lets you tune just how often you'll see UAC prompts, giving you the option of a much less chatty system. If you do get a UAC dialogue, you'll find it gives you more information, helping you make more informed decisions, rather than just clicking 'OK'.


  • Gadgets
    Like Vista, Windows 7 supports information display Gadgets. Unlike Vista, there's no memory- and space-hungry Sidebar host — instead, Gadgets display in the desktop. That means there needs to be a quick way of showing them, and the beta will use the lower right screen corner to make all desktop windows transparent.


Topics: Operating Systems, Reviews, Software

Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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