Microsoft has had its lips sealed about the next version of Windows so far, however there are few things we know at this point about Windows 7, according to Microsoft’s own statements the following is true for the next version of Windows unless MS changes its mind later on in the game:
There won’t be a new kernel
The next version of Windows will not be modular
The GUI (Graphical User Interface) will not be a radical change from Vista, however MS will introduce some welcomed changes that will certainly improve the user experience, for instance: a thicker dock like task bar where icons appear to be bigger, The new task bar might indeed have a lot more functionality than the existing one in Vista and will probably either do away with legacy features such as the quick launch and system tray areas, or improve those areas significantly.
The Windows 7 team is busy at work dedicated and all about fixing problems existing today in Vista
UAC (User Account Control) will be improved and won’t be as annoying in Windows 7
Win 7 will feature a multitouch (Touch Screen capable) GUI subset
In the following screenshot taken from a recent Windows 7 demonstration shown at D6 Conference you can appreciate the thicker task bar and multi touch features:
There are also two videos one taken at the D6 conference and officially released by Microsoft, while a second video is floating around which appears to be legitimate but I’m unable to identify its source, Check them out:
So far things don’t look too exciting for the next version of Windows, but I’m sure Microsoft will slowly show us more goodies, Microsoft definitely does not want to to experience the same level of criticism it went through with Windows Vista where they brought the expectations of windows enthusiasts too high and then under deliver on those promises, so I applaud them for that.