Is Microsoft Dumping Vista?
- Faster boot time and performance.
- An improved task bar that is a little reminiscent of the OS X dock at the bottom of the desktop screen.
- Jumplists -- which reveal recently opened documents, Web pages, and common tasks when you right click on an app in the task bar.
- Improved networking, which will make setting up streaming media between devices simpler. It will also let you tell one computer to stream media from another computer to a third device like an Xbox or a Roku
- Windows 7 will also get a public beta, starting January 9, so consumers will be able to try out the new operating system. This a first for any Microsoft OS.
Window Live Services
- Partnership with Facebook that will sync LiveSpaces accounts with Facebook accounts, making Microsoft's social networking site more relevant!
- Useful search side bar in Live Hotmail that minimizes the need for switching tabs.
- Live Messenger is adding dynamic buddy icons that update according to the emoticons you use.
Internet Explorer 8
- Accelerators that add common tasks to the right click menu so you can translate text, define a word, or look up info on IMDB or Wikipedia without opening a new tab or window
- Two new 'Halo' titles -- 'Halo Wars' a real time strategy game, and 'Halo 3 ODST' a more traditional 'Halo' experience.
- Xbox Live Primetime Events -- live online events that players around the world can participate in, including '1 Vs. 100' an online game show
- Kodu -- a game creation tool for kids that lets them publish their creations to the community channel