Beta vs RC: What's new in the Windows 7 Release Candidate?

We look at some of the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 7 since the Beta's release in January

If Microsoft's Engineering Windows 7 blog is any indication, the makers of the Vista successor have been pedantic about even the tiniest changes to the operating system. The brand-spanking-new taskbar is retooled to combine Quick Launch with the standard applications taskbar any Windows user since Windows 95 will be familiar with. Everything from how an icon acts when it needs attention, to the background colour of an app when open has been tweaked to create a more polished look.

The biggest change that the taskbar has undergone is the number of icons you can store on it at any one time. When using the RC, you can fit 25 per cent more icons using the large icon option, and 32-39 per cent more icons when using the small icon option, depending on the resolution. Once the maximum number of icons has been reached, it will scroll to a second line.

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