Windows 7 Public Beta Hands-On Part 2

We covered the new Jump Lists and User Account Control settings in Windows 7, which are cool features, but we haven’t even touched the really cool stuff. Today it’s all about Aero “Peek”, Homegroups, and Libraries. If you haven’t yet checked out part one, check that out first before you head into this one. Peek into Windows 7 after the jump.

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We covered the new Jump Lists and User Account Control settings in Windows 7, which are cool features, but we haven’t even touched the really cool stuff. Today it’s all about Aero “Peek”, Homegroups, and Libraries. If you haven’t yet checked out part one, check that out first before you head into this one. Peek into Windows 7 after the jump.

We’ll start off with one of the coolest features, Aero “Peek”, which does exactly what the name implies. You can hover over the thumbnail of the window in the application, and peek behind let’s say, Internet Explorer to Windows Media Player. You can even peek all the way to the desktop to see your desktop gadgets by hovering over the button in the lower-right corner of your screen.

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The next feature is Microsoft’s ploy to make home networking easier for Windows users (yes, only Windows users). Homegroups are a simply way to setup file sharing and networked peripherals in Windows 7. When you first setup a Homegroup, Windows 7 gives you a password that you’ll enter in on another Windows 7 PC and the rest of the magic happens behind the scenes.

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Libraries replace the My Documents, My Pictures, and My Videos folders that were found on Windows XP and Windows Vista machines, with a library for each. Libraries bring files in from different locations on your computer’s hard drive and bring them together. Kind of like Smart Folders on Mac OS X, but in Microsoft’s own special way. I like this idea and I think it’ll keep PC users a whole lot more organized.

We hope to have more on Windows 7 in the near future. Stay tuned.

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