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We’re certainly not the only ones poking around at the Windows 7 build that arrived late last month. Craig Pringle has spent a fair amount of time kicking the tires and has a series of posts highlighting his findings too. One of the first bits I […]

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We’re certainly not the only ones poking around at the Windows 7 build that arrived late last month. Craig Pringle has spent a fair amount of time kicking the tires and has a series of posts highlighting his findings too. One of the first bits I noticed after Windows 7 was installed on my netbook was the streamlined network manager. Craig offers up some screenshots that show the minimal but effective use of the system tray for network settings.. and not just wireless settings, but for dial-up and VPN as well. Ideally, I’d like to see Windows 7 optionally manage my 3G connection as well. Could be that it does and I just haven’t noticed yet on the netbook.

Craig also noticed something I missed: revamped Display Settings. It’s a little easier to get to from the Desktop for starters and Microsoft added some clarity on multiple monitor settings. That’s useful if you connect your mobile device to an external monitor as I often do. We can debate the "bloat" in Vista or how well it is / isn’t working on mobile devices, but I’m glad to see some focus on the actual OS user experience Windows 7 seems to be getting. More focus on that can go a long way… well, that and putting it on a Slim-Fast diet for feeble hardware like netbooks. ;)

  1. 3G connections are probably handled as dialup connections like in previous versions of Windows.

    Of course the only reason I ever found that out was misplacing my carrier software CD.

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  2. Windows 7 is definitely shaping up to be a nice Vista-Reloaded OS. I’m glad they brought on so many of the Office 2007 development staff for the process, because they’re doing a great job on the revamp and UI improvements.

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  3. I like the new tip enhancements in win7, but how do I share a folder (my onenote folder). This was not a problem with my vista setup. Now win7 will only tell me “this folder can not be shared”. Can you get an XP installation to see folders in Win7?
    (homegroup is of course useless for this)

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