With Windows 7 we are taking a new approach to how we build and talk about future Windows products. So we wanted to explain some of our philosophy to you.Planning: In Windows 7 we are taking more time in the planning phases gathering customer requirements and looking at industry trends—and the end-to-end scenarios that we want to enable. Predictability: We are committed to providing more predictability for our customers and partners around the timing for the release. We’ve said we will release Windows 7 around 3 years after the general availability of Windows Vista—and we are still on track for that. Disclosure: Another way that we aim to increase predictability is by having a higher confidence bar before disclosing plans or product details—so customers and partners don’t expect capabilities that may not be in the final product. Now that we are early in the development phase we are ready to provide enterprise customers with some more information about Windows 7 for enterprises.Note this information is still very confidential and subject to NDA. Dates and capabilities are still subject to change
[DEV, TDM][High level overview of enable more natural user interaction]New methods of desktop integration put application functionality right at the user’s fingertips, and Windows Explorer and Libraries provide easy access to high-value information. The Scenic Ribbon control and animation framework make it easier to build interactive and appealing user interfaces. New touch APIs enable natural interactions through multi-touch and finger-panning, and manipulation and inertia APIs enable impressive visual effects. Fosters natural user interaction Multi touch, ink and gesture support along with handwriting recognition allow you to create exciting new input capabilities.New taskbar, destinations and shell integration enhance discoverability and usabilityNew controls and APIs for the Ribbon allow easy additions for Ribbon-style controls, menus, and galleries to your application.An animation framework helps you enhance custom animations.
[ DEV][Why - Windows 7 Taskbar details]Jump Lists are a new feature of the Windows 7 taskbar that accomplish just this. Think of this feature as a mini Start Menu for each program or an evolved version of the system menu. Jump Lists surface commonly used nouns (destinations) and verbs (tasks) of a program. There are several advantages this new approach provides. Do destinations apply to your program?Nouns: Items consumed/created by your programDynamic based upon individual user patternRecent or frequent or custom list?Do tasks apply to your program?Verbs: Program actionsTasks should not require your program to be runningTasks are static and apply to all usersTasks should globally apply to your program, not a specific window
[TDM, DEV][What - Windows 7 Taskbar feature overview] Not all the features in the Windows 7 Taskbar are applicable to all applications. Each application needs to be evaluated on its own.
[TDM, DEV] [Taskbar Icons – Details]ICONSAre you putting your best foot forward?Make sure your icon looks greatCheck different DPIsCheck different glass colors and disabled glassHow does Color Hot-track look?Determined by your icon’s dominant colorIcons OverlayDo you need to surface notifications?Does this help the user make a decision?Single icon at a time (LIFO)No animationsIdeally, application-specific Group vs. UngroupCan you retire your icon in the Notification Area?Progress barDoes your program require progress status?Does this help the user make a decision?Do you already surface a progress dialog?One detailed progress at a time[TDM, DEV]ICONSAre you putting your best foot forward?Make sure your icon looks greatCheck different DPIsCheck different glass colors and disabled glassHow does Color Hot-track look?Determined by your icon’s dominant colorIcons OverlayDo you need to surface notifications?Does this help the user make a decision?Single icon at a time (LIFO)No animationsIdeally, application-specific Group vs. UngroupCan you retire your icon in the Notification Area?
[TDM, DEV][Windows 7 Taskbar Details – Important enough to not hide]Jump Lists are a new feature of the Windows 7 taskbar that accomplish just this. Think of this feature as a mini Start Menu for each program or an evolved version of the system menu. First, the you don’t need to even start the program to quickly launch a file or access a task. Second, destinations don’t take up valuable space on the taskbar; they are automatically organized by their respective program in a simple list. Should one have ten programs pinned or running on her taskbar, this means she could have quick access to over 150 destinations she uses all the time, without even the need to customize the UI! Since the Jump List shows lots of text for each of its items, gone are the days of having identical icons on your taskbar that are indistinguishable without a tooltip. Should you wish to keep a specific destination around, you can simply pin it to the list.
[TDM, DEV][Why - Windows 7 explorer overview] - The new windows explorerOver 400M people use Windows Explorer to find and organize their digital content the explorer is more focused around storage..navigation only shows locations that you care about…its cleaner we’ve improved search relevance algorithms, added tools like search tips and one-click previews that make it easier to find that file…no matter where you put it we’ve made major investments in new powerful features…libraries and federated search…without making you learn a new UI. This is seamess.Cleaner – Navigation is intuitive and optimized around storage; less overall clutterEasier – Improved relevance, search tips and easy previews make searching and browsing easierSeamless – Libraries and federated search offer incredible power without learning a new UI we’ll get to this in more detail in the demos show the power and flexibility that we’ve added same familiar explorer rather than redesigning the whole explorer…we’ve focused on performance and the basics…it’s just better
[TDM, DEV] federated search offers the same rich explorer experience for remote providers. In this case SharePoint consistent experience for different providers. 1) sharepoint, 2) a people data base and 3) a CRM application …search quotes.Possibilities are endless here. Lets take a look.