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"Windows Seven" Top Feature List leaked out

A huge list of features and updates, part of the Windows Early Feedback Program, has been leaked by a Microsoft Insider.

The list, which is available from Neowin (opens in new tab) and many others, is a compendium of requests from Windows users both inside and outside the Microsoft.

Although they appear to be in random order, they are arranged in categories - namely new features, change features and bug correction - and deal more with the front end of Windows rather than the underlying structure of the operating system.

According to Arstechnica though, the list does not necessarily include features that will appear in the final version of Windows 7.

Surprisingly - and given the growing importance that companies have placed on customer feedback through social driven features, Microsoft has yet to come with a Digg-like vote-for-your-feature like companies like Salesforce's Idea (opens in new tab)Exchange and Dell's Ideastorm. (opens in new tab)

Amongst the five most pertinent and easily implementable ideas are (a) the possibility fo reopen closed Tabs in Internet Explorer, something that Firefox (and Maxthon) has had for years now (b) a Picture in Picture functionality for Media center (c) an improved multi taskbar for Multi-monitor (d) a Windows Gaming Mode and (e) a family license which would allow families to purchase a 5-seat license for a small premium.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.