Windows 7

Well, this morning’s session was all about Windows 7.  It builds upon the same kernel from Vista and Server 2008, but improves the UI in quite a few ways.  The first thing I noticed was the taskbar.  This has changed to eliminate the concept of buttons for each open app along with a quick launch.  In Windows 7, these are the same.  It’s really an enhanced quick launch that allows you to see open windows by hovering over each icon.  I’m not sure what happens if you start an app from the menu that’s not on this quick launch bar… The other really nice feature is that these quick launch buttons can be easily re-arranged, unlike the current buttons.  I’ll get a chance to try all these things out because they’re giving us a pre-beta copy.

I’m in a session now on SharePoint searching.  More about this later.