Overnight, Microsoft’s Chaitanya Sareen posted a list of 36 detailed changes that are being checked into the Windows 7 release candidate as a result of feedback from the beta test. A few highlights:
- Direct support for playing back .MOV files (like the ones my digital camera records), without requiring me to install QuickTime. Hallelujah.
- Some tweaks to the Libraries feature, designed to make it more easily understandable.
- A better interface for saving custom themes.
- A slew of changes to the taskbar and jump lists, including some visual tweaks that “squeeze in 24-39% more icons before the taskbar scrolls.” If I understand that correctly (no visual is included), it should also get rid of the excessive open space on the taskbar.
A change I don’t see on this list is a bug that currently affects Windows Explorer in the Windows 7 Beta (build 7000). If you right-click the Libraries heading, one option on the shortcut menu is Delete:
And if you click Delete, sure enough, the Libraries heading goes away. For a few minutes. Or until you open a new instance of Windows Explorer. That setting should be persistent.
This bug has apparently been reported several times by beta testers, with each instance closed as “Won’t fix.” That seems wrong to me, and I can’t imagine how I am going to explain this behavior in Windows 7 Inside Out.
[Update: In the coments, Microsoft's Brandon Paddock points out that the Delete option was removed post-beta and is gone from current builds. Thanks, Brandon!]