I installed a PILE of new drivers tonight from Lenovo using their most awesome System Update 4.0. Included was a Bluetooth Stack update.
On a whim, I tried to pair my Jawbone Bluetooth Headset, something that has never worked before, and it worked!
More interestingly, when I right click on the Jawbone and click "Control" I get this dialog I've never seen before!
This actually looks and feels a tiny bit unpolished. Note the tight vertical whitespace at the VERY top and the strange blue gradient, as well as the Vista-esque color scheme on the far left. Not sure if this was in Vista and just not updated for Windows 7, but it looks weird.
UPDATE: Confirmed - This crazy wrong looking dialog is owned by Lenovo, not Windows.
Still, then Skype popped up suddenly and said there was new audio devices available!
Sure enough, I've got a new Microphone and new "Speakers" in the form of my Jawbone headset. I can even use this headset for Voice Recognition, or even as my Default Communications device for Phone Calls with Office Communicator. Or, I can listen to music through my Jawbone. Deeply cool.
I'm not sure who to thank, Windows 7 for better audio and Bluetooth support, or Lenovo for a Bluetooth 2.1 driver. Either way, I'm thrilled that my laptop can suddenly do something with Windows 7 that it couldn't do yesterday!
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