- ZIP and CAB files are now sorted with files instead of with folders in Windows Explorer.
- No UAC elevation when connecting to a wireless connection.
- The Network Explorer has a number of changes that will help with device discovery. It also features default icons for a number of network device classes such as media players, Xbox, projectors, etc.
- The Network System Tray is now easier to see and has been changed to give more ‘clickable area’ around the icon itself
- Deleting a shortcut from the desktop will no longer require elevation for administrators. (THANK GOODNESS!)
- ‘Set Focus’ work has been done so that UAC prompts from applications running in the background do not interrupt users’ workflow. The users will instead see a blinking item in the taskbar in these situations.
That is just a very small list of what the Vista team has done to make everyone’s experience much better when they release Vista RC1 on August 15. There is a nice list of changes for the User Account Control (UAC) as well which were definitely needed. It took them long enough but they finally made it so people can delete a shortcut on the desktop with needing an administrator’s approval!