Windows 7 “Color Hot-Track” Feature

Sometimes it’s the little things, you know? In the PDC session “Welcome to the Windows 7 desktop“ which was hosted by Chaitanya Sareen several new Windows 7 features were revealed. One that we didn’t see in the keynote presentation is this new “color hot-track” feature. When your mouse hovers over one of the icons in the Windows 7 taskbar, the surrounding “glass” of the button lights up to show it has been selected. The color that is selected to show off that button is dynamically extracted based on whichever color is the most dominant RGB value in the icon. This makes the icon glow when your cursor passes it over. It’s not a big thing, but I really love this…it’s shows that there has been thought and detail put into even smallest features, which is a promising sign for what’s ahead.


Images courtesy of Long Zheng, who has more on Flickr.

And here's a video of that feature in action:


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