Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Clearing Up Misinformation About the Leaked Windows 7 Build

I’m starting to see more and more chatter about the Windows 7 build that was “leaked” (I would say stolen) from WinHEC China. I can already see the beginnings of the misinformation campaign that damaged Windows Vista in the Court of Public Opinion, so I’m going to nip some things in the bud right here (because Microsoft isn’t going to do it). You can take what I have to say as the truth, because unlike some others reporting on second- or third-hand information, I am actually running the build on my day-to-day laptop. This is not likely to endear me to any of Team Sinofsky, but I’d rather get in trouble with Microsoft than let false information float around.Start Menu Settings

  • Nobody is getting a Windows 7 build tomorrow at the Houston MDC. Keith Combs cleared this up last week.
  • This video of the new bootscreen is not a fabrication, it is real. The quality of the video sucks, but in person the animation is really cool. Rafael has an interesting analysis of how it works.
  • There are other screenshots floating around out there, in varying degrees of quality and OS default settings. Paul Thurrott has the only ones you should trust, with the default post-install experience.
  • Again, in some screenshots, there are images of windows with transparent side chrome. Some are saying that, because the build originally got out in VHD form, that the build must be using DXWARP10 that Long talked about last week. While I cannot say whether or not DXWARP10 is in this build, any purported tying of DXWARP10 and Microsoft’s virtualization technologies should be treated as speculation.
  • The SuperBar has not been “un-rethought” or “un-redesigned” in any way. The default SuperBar settings are as shown in Paul’s Screenshots, and have not changed. However, there are settings that were available to anyone using Rafael’s Blue Badge tool that let you control whether or not the SuperBar renders text or not. A screenshot of that dialog is a right. if you check “Use Small Icons” and select “Never Combine” from the group, the newest build’s Taskbar displays like this:
    Small Start Menu 
    (the icons interspersed in between are the pinned programs in their original organization. And unlike Windows Vista, you can drag and reorganize the taskbar items in this state.) Microsoft has previously stated that the old Taskbar would not be available in Windows 7, so I’m not sure if the feature and rendering depicted above are going to remain. But if I were Microsoft, I’d leave it alone.

I would ask that bloggers and the press be responsible in their reporting and observations, and clearly identify the facts they are reporting from their guesstimates and speculation. Windows Vista’s reputation was damaged just as much by it’s own initial issues as it was by individuals people trust relaying unsubstantiated rumors, speculation based on partial facts, and outright lies. in other words, don’t tell us what is in a particular Windows 7 build unless you have been in the immediate presence of a machine running it, mmmkay?

Posted on Dec 09 2008, 03:32 PM by Robert McLaws
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  • Dapx said:

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    December 10, 2008 3:47 AM
  • Matt Hewitt said:

    Thanks for the info. It's good to see good journalists actually clearing some of this junk up. Thurrott may be snarky from time to time, but he's right 95% of the time, and for that I respect him.

    December 10, 2008 7:02 AM
  • Sinofsky said:

    Thanks for pirating 6956, McLaws.

    December 12, 2008 10:35 PM
  • Neil said:

    Mr. Sinofsky I refer your attention to what Robert McLaws has written in his article......"This is not likely to endear me to any of Team Sinofsky, but I’d rather get in trouble with Microsoft than let false information float around."

    I greatly admire him for this and so should you ! It is far better than letting some of the "out and out lies" circulate and "become" so called "truth" instead !

    One such example is Mr. Randall Kennedy (and his editor in chief) of Infoworld trying very much to make falsehoods into truths.

    December 13, 2008 12:35 AM
  • Neil,

    I doubt that was actually Steven posting a comment. More that likely someone trying to be funny. He has my e-mail address and has contected me offline before, so if he had an issue with my post, I more than likely would have been contacted privately. But thanks for rushing to my defense.

    December 15, 2008 2:46 PM
  • Neil said:

    You are welcome !

    I have followed your travels with this site (and it's predecessor) for some time now.

    I eagerly await the public beta of Windows 7 after hearing about on the internet from places like "withinwindows", "istartedsomething", "winsupersite" and of couse yours.

    December 15, 2008 7:27 PM
  • Neil said:

    First it was Randall C. Kennedy NOW ... it's Joe Willcox complaining that people got FREE laptops. Talk about envy these guys are really the pitts checkout this

    I never liked Joe Willcox and I wonder why micorsoft gives him the time of day, what with all the microsoft "bashing" that he does all the time, I have given up putting my views there are the "anti microsoft" lobby pounce each time I do.

    December 17, 2008 2:27 AM
  • Neil said:

    I was just over at "Within Windows" and Rafael has NICE piece of information.

    December 21, 2008 8:46 PM