As news comes of Windows 7 Release Candidate possibly showing up in early May, Chinese Windows Enthusiast website PCBeta shows a new build of Windows 7, 7082 which apparently is not different from previous post beta builds we have seen so far. According to ithinkdifferent where I first saw the screenshots, there seems to be improvements to application buttons on the Taskbar, with more emphasis on icons that represent open programs.
Windows 7 build 7082
Taskbar in Windows 7 build 7000
Rounded Taskbar buttons in Windows 7 build 7082
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A recently leaked Chinese build of Windows 7, with an even higher build number, 7106 showed up in the wild, with nothing particularly new. A lot of what seems to be taking place now is fit and finish, with feedback likely to be focused on regression and show stoppers. I have not done any in-place upgrades of Windows 7 from Vista yet, but I will definitely be kicking the tires with the RC when it becomes available to see how well it manages. Microsoft recently informed persons testing the public beta that there will be no out of box support for in place upgrades from builld 7000 to the RC, but the Company is providing an unsupported work around for those who have standardized on the build already. Arstechnica recently discovered a page on Microsoft’s Partner website detailing the availability of Windows 7 RC as early as May 5th, with possibility of MSDN and TechNET subscribers receiving access to the bits even earlier. A lot of momentum is building towards this build, really looking forward to it!
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