Windows 7 - What the PDC Build is saying in the press
The following is a collage from various publications on the recent announcements on Windows 7. For a detailed run through, this site is pretty comprehensive.
From what I can see (and I now know more than the preview I saw a couple of weeks back) and what is reported the team has done well! Great job guys.
The new Snap feature lets you expand and maximize windows simply by dragging them to different edges of the desktop. Drag a window’s top edge to the top of the screen to maximize it, and drag it away to restore it to its original size. Line up any window’s edge to either side of the desktop and that window will snap to fill up that half of the screen. Do the same with another window on the other side and you’ve got two equal-sized windows on either side of the screen.
First impressions: the revamped Windows 7 taskbar
Icons represent devices
Multiple Windows of Same type
The operating system itself has gotten a considerable amount of reworking below the presentation layer. If M3 is any indication, that work has led to a tighter OS, and by "tighter" I mean that resource requirements are being lowered
"today at his keynote at PDC 2008, [Steve] waved an Asus EeePC running Win 7 with a 1GHz processor and just 1GB of RAM"
For starters, even the early build of Windows 7 feels like a fast, stable environment. There's a lot going on behind the scenes to make the OS more usable, one monumental improvement being how video memory is allocated for unseen windows. (Hint: It's not.) The result is a highly responsive machine that gets decent battery life.
Boot-Up Time - 25 seconds
Changes include a reduction in the overhead of the desktop Windows manager so you don't need to turn it off when developing, a "substantial" reduction in the disk I/O when reading from the registry, and an attempt to reduce the memory footprint of the core Windows 7 install.
Set prompts using UAC's slider - Sliders are used regularly as a way of adding/removing config details
Bitlocker Drive Encryption tool
Driver Protection helps prevent the operating system from starting drivers that are known to cause stability problems.
PC25 Windows 7: The Sensor and Location Platform: Building Context-Aware Applications
PC22 Windows 7: Design Principles for Windows 7