Win7之家：Windows 7 Beta使用第一印象
Win7之家：Windows 7 Build 7004是RC版本？
很感谢Santa在圣诞给我留了一份Windows 7 Beta。这将是Windows 7的第一个也是唯一一个Beta版本（build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400）。我还高兴告诉大家这个版本相当不错。
Windows 7 Build 7004的截图已经泄露。虽然微软始终三缄其口并不确认任何消息，但Windows 7 Build 7004的出现表明此前的Pre-Beta 69XX阶段已经结束了。7000的版本号表明这已经是一个全功能版本的Windows 7了。
由于圣诞假期的缘故，我并没有使用Windows 7 Beta多长时间，但我的使用时间也足够长到可以对其形成自己的观点了：
Scott Wylie，微软新西兰分部开发平台策略主管，是Windows 7 Build7004的测试者之一，此前他在一篇文章中发布了Build 7004的一张截图，虽然原图现在已经被删除，但通过google网页快照依然可以看到。
*这个版本中没有新功能的加入。如果微软还想在正式版中加入新特性的话，那我们恐怕还得等等看了。另外，Windows 7 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400与前几个版本看起来十分相像。
*Windows 7 Beta质量极高。尽管此前的pre-beta版本看起来有点不稳定，但这个Beta版本感觉像是已经完成的产品了。可以说这款系统比我用过的任何一款微软系统都要好。
同时，Wylie还称Windows 7 Build 7004是个Pre-Beta版本，这就于此前的多数消息相矛盾了，因为大多数消息都认为6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 是Windows 7 Beta的版本号。按照这样的说法，如果6.1.7000.0.081212-1400是Beta版本的话，那么7004版本似乎就该是RC版本之一了。
Windows 7 Build 7004 is live. In the context of the imminent Windows 7 public Beta release development milestone, build numbers of the next iteration of the Windows client are being joggled around with Microsoft managing to remain mute and confirm no piece of information. The silence might be deafening on the official communication channels, but the Redmond company is indeed dogfooding Windows 7 Build 7004, a version that has evolved past the 69xx build numbers associated with the pre-beta releases of the operating system, but also with the 7000 build number that has become associated with the first fully-fledged Beta of Windows Vista's successor.
Scott Wylie, Microsoft's New Zealand Director of Development and Platform Strategy, is one of the software giant's employees testing Windows 7 Build 7004. Wylie leaked the first screenshot of Windows 7 Build 7004's desktop in a post that has been removed since then, but which continues to be accessible through Google cache.
I’ve not had a long time with Windows 7 beta 1 but I’ve played with it long enough to form a few opinions:
“This feels like a completed OS, it doesn't say beta, to me it says almost done. The UI is noticeably more responsive, in fact the whole machine feels more snappy, lighter somehow. The new UI features (taskbar, preview windows, jumplists etc.) are really useful and unobtrusive. It will take a little while to get used to the slightly revised task switching, but I think it will be more intuitive long term,” Wylie stated.
* There are no new features in this build. If Microsoft has any new stuff lined up for the RTM then we’re going to have to wait to find out. Features-wise, build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 is similar to earlier builds I’ve looked at (here are some posts for you to check out: 1, 2, 3). * This beta is of excellent quality. This is the kind of code that you could roll out and live with. Even the pre-betas were solid, but finally this beta feels like it’s “done.” This beta exceeds the quality of any other Microsoft OS beta that I’ve handled. * Performance of this beta is exceptional. I’ve not had a chance to benchmark it yet but it feels snappier and more responsive than earlier betas I’ve handled. * Judging by the quality of this build, I expect Windows 7 to be released June/July of ‘09. I really can’t see Microsoft dragging out the release a year.
Still, Wylie refers to Windows 7 Build 7004 as a pre-Beta version of the platform. The reference comes in contradiction with unconfirmed reports that Microsoft signed off the code for Windows 7 Beta 1 internally on December 12 with 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 as the build number. In this context, if 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 is the Beta, any 7004 Build number would place the respective Windows 7 development milestones in the post-Beta, Release Candidate branch of the operating system.....