Rumors Of A New Windows 7 UI

Paul Thurrott who operates the Win Supersite has recently posted an article on his site about the latest 7106 build of Windows 7. In it he mentioned the rumor that a new UI – user interface – could be introduced by Microsoft in an upcoming RTM build.

There are rumors, too, that a new UI is coming and it may make sense for Microsoft to hold on to that UI for the RTM builds, so that it has one last surprise to offer up to its eager fans. Indeed, the smartest thing Microsoft has done with Windows 7, in many ways, is keep the drama high by playing things close to the vest. That said, our first RTM-level build, build 7106, doesn’t really offer anything in the way of revelation. (A newer build, 7107, has also leaked recently, and we can expect more to come in the days ahead.)

Paul clearly states that this is a rumor and that the 7106 build “doesn’t really offer anything in the way of revelation”. Others like Ed Bott have voiced their opinion calling this rumor nonsense.

When the Windows 7 RC does appear, I predict that it will look exactly like the builds that have been floating around for the last two weeks. New desktop backgrounds, sure. Major (or even minor) changes to the UI? No way.

His stance is reflected by user comments on various other sites. The majority thinks that Microsoft will not release a new user interface. There might be changes to the theme, probably even a new default theme, new backgrounds and objects like that but certainly not a new interface.

Users who mentioned that a new UI might be true relied heavily on a speech held by Microsoft’s OEM manager Laurence Painell who mentioned that some major announcements would be revealed soon.

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8 Responses to Rumors Of A New Windows 7 UI

  1. xxxsdf@hjk.com April 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    I dont thinks so..Vista and 7 UI looks great

  2. RK April 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Please lose the shiny glossy windows.

  3. Eoraptor April 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Yeah, considering how finely tuned the UI already is, I doubt they’re keeping another, wholly undisclosed interface up their sleeves. I “would” be quite happy if they made showing windows titles in the task bar the default instead of the exception, however. the tightly stacked icons are really a pain to those of us with vision problems.

  4. Alan Burns April 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Eoraptor, if they made it the default they would be catering to the minority of people who have vision problems (I need contacts myself), over the majority of people who dont.

    Remember that everything in an OS is a compromise, where majorities count. I think we should just be thankful that microsoft has in fact added it as an option, to allow those that need or want that enabled the ability to do it easily. I believe it would be a major mistake for microsoft to make it the default however, the UI is clearly optimised for use in the stacked-icon view than the more original one.

  5. Raptordabest April 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Is already possible ;) Right click on the taskbar, select Properties then click on “Always Combine, hide labels” If you did that, select Never Combine and click apply and see what happens ;)

  6. ComputerLover(Mac-OR-PC) April 19, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    I really don’t like the super-glossy/shiny UI in win 7 at the moment, it is chasing after OSX and tripling the amount of shinyness, can’t they be content with a simpler less eye-candyish UI. Mac got it right years ago and now Microsoft wants it, so the copy it. However it looks a little better than Vista, and handles better too…

  7. m00b13s April 24, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    god i hope this is true. the ui is so disintegrated across even its own built-in apps, there is just a feeling of inconsistency in win 7m just like vista.

  8. dolphin guest house April 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    what the diference betwen 7100 y 7106 can somebody explain to me

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