There is a strong possibility that Microsoft may, just may, ship Windows 7 early. With this latest rumor in place by some who allege to be in the know, could this really happen? I believe it can. Microsoft needs to separate itself from Vista ASAP. Even though it has been proved by many that Vista isn’t as bad as some would have us believe, the stigma can’t be shaken.

Some have concluded that Windows 7 is nothing more than Vista with a new taskbar and some other minor features. The beta cycle for testing has basically been completed and Microsoft is ready to release an RC candidate in April. On their blog Microsoft has posted some of the changes which will appear soon. But as you will see, not much is really new.

Desktop Experience

1. Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) with Aero Peek

We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback about Aero Peek and how it helps customers switch windows with increased confidence. Daniel wrote to tell us “I’m wondering why Peek was never implemented for the ALT + TAB window. The thumbnails look/behave the same way as the taskbar thumbnails when you hover the mouse over them. It seems logical that they would exhibit the peek behavior, too”. We decided to make this change since we heard many requests for it. One can still quickly flip between and cycle through running windows using the ALT+TAB keys, but when more window information is needed Aero Peek will appear.  This is triggered by a time delay as you pause while keyboarding through running windows.

Fig 1.

Aero Peek triggered from Windows Flip (ALT+TAB)

Aero Peek triggered from Windows Flip (ALT+TAB)

Plus another 35 tweaks, fixes, patches and new stuff. Which makes one believe that Microsoft has concluded what Windows 7 will have and that once the RC version is released and tested, they will go into production with the new operating system. This may also be good for the OEM’s who have seen a down turn in sales.

But the real question is this. Will Windows 7 make those who are still using Windows XP flock to the new OS? What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Microsoft blog source.