Microsoft's Abandoned Ideas For Windows 7

Microsoft’s (MSFT) upcoming Windows 7, widely expected to debut later this year, is already being hailed as a well-performing, competent, if conservative release. Think of Windows 7 as something like Windows 98 — it does what its predecessor should have done without introducing any major changes.

But that doesn’t mean Microsoft wasn’t considering some radical ideas during the Windows 7 design process. Techradar went to Microsoft’s MIX conference in Vegas earlier this month, and comes back with some early ideas for Windows 7 we’re largely glad didn’t make it into the final cut.

For example, giving different items in the toolbar different right-click menus was deemed too confusing.

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In further looking at how thumbnails might work in Windows, Microsoft looked to the lava lamp for inspiration. We’re really glad they didn’t go there.

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This idea reminds us of the “bat signal.” Na na na na na na na na… WINDOWS!

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Real estate on the monitor is precious. Putting giant thumbnails in the taskbar takes up too much of it.

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More ideas for arranging thumbnail panes. We like the cartoon-font “BAM!” Adam West’s Batman strikes again.

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