Windows 7 “wishlist” leaked

A wishlist for Windows 7 has been leaked onto the internet, giving an early indication of what customers of the Redmond giant most want in their next operating system.

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The list, unearthed by Neowin, contains the top 61 features requested by users participating in Microsoft’s Early Feedback program, which collects suggestions for the next itineration of its perennial operating system.

The wishlist includes a host of small fixes and usability upgrades, including a rather plaintive suggestion to “Replace error ID number with plain language explanation”, as well as more grandiose desires which would allow users to backup Xbox games to the PC, or a dedicated Virtual Desktop Feature.

However a tabbed Windows Explorer seems a natural extension of the improvements already found in Internet Explorer, while stopping Windows from spinning up the CD drive every time a user opens the drive list would make life slightly less irritating.

A built-in video and audio codec manager would also bring a smile to a fair few faces.

Quite how many of these features are currently under consideration Microsoft would not confirm, with a company spokesperson saying only,

“As a company, we’re always exploring new ways to innovate Windows, using customer feedback as a guide. We have no new information to share on future versions of the operating system at this time.”

Nonetheless, let us know which ones you’d like to see in Windows 7, or any others you feel should have made the list.

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