Windows 7’s task bar detailed, videos posted
Microsoft went to the trouble of shifting all the computer kiosks at the Professional Developers Conference over to Windows 7 on Tuesday. But because the version lacked some of the key visual features, some attendees didn’t even notice they were running the newer Windows.
But Microsoft felt that keeping the user interface features out of the developer build was critical to keeping the features a surprise at the conference. The company’s earlier M1, M2, and M3 builds all leaked out, said Chaitanya Sareen, a program manager in the Windows unit.
As the conference was winding down on Thursday, Sareen and another program manager–Rebecca Deutsch–offered an in-depth look at the changes Microsoft made to the desktop as well as the rationale for them. To get the best understanding of the changes, check out the two embedded videos (apologies for the lack of tripod).