While reading up on Windows 7 RTM rumors (update: not yet, but close), I came across this Windows 7 Team Blog post from a couple of weeks ago. Those of you picking up a copy will notice that Microsoft is carrying on with the general box design they rocked with Vista. This time, however, there’s less packaging to recycle.
The new Windows 7 box is easier to open; weighs 37 percent less; and includes just the disc, a getting started pamphlet and an insert. And, it’s recyclable, of course.
But here’s a green (non-)packaging tip for you Microsoft: Digital distribution!
Savvy users have already downloaded the beta, RC1, and countless “leaked” builds and burned them onto DVDs. Keep the momentum going by saving them a trip to the store or a visit from the UPS/Fedex guy. Why should MSDN/TechNet subscribers get all the love?
Do it Microsoft!
A shot of the new box open, complete with Microsoft hand model, awaits below.