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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

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