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.