We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Pictures: The 10 best Windows 7 features

10 things you'll love about Windows 7

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will be made publicly available on October 22. However, if you can't wait that long, we're offering a sneaky peek at the operating system's 10 coolest features.

Taskbar Peek

This feature applies the Aero Peek technology to taskbar thumbnails. If you hover over an application button in the Windows 7 taskbar, thumbnails of open windows associated with that program pop up.

If you then hover over one of the thumbnails, the full corresponding window on the desktop (be it a Word doc, a browser, an IM session) will come to the forefront and all other windows will turn to glass and become transparent.

Windows Media Player taskbar controls

A Windows Media Player (WMP) mini-viewer works with the new Windows 7 taskbar. You just need to hover over the Windows Media Player button on the taskbar after WMP is launched and a good-size thumbnail window shows up with options for controlling your WMP and playing songs.

The controls provided in the thumbnail are basic - Previous Track, Play/Pause, Next Track - but the quick access to music from the taskbar is a nice time-saver.

  1. We guarantee you'll love these features
  2. Jump lists and media streaming options
  3. Play to and Aero Snap
  4. Wallpapers and libraries
  5. taskbar peek

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

See the festive spots creative companies have released for Christmas

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad