I always felt that there should have been a Network Activity Indicator in Windows 7 just like it was in Windows XP where one could detect if there’s any network activity going on just by looking at the flashing icon in the System tray. I thought that was useful as one could detect if any unwanted network activity going on or to find if one is connected to net and could get a rough idea of the network. But this was replaced with static network activity indicator for Windows 7 and many of us beta testers had requested Windows 7 team for the same, but it was not provided, don’t know why – may be some said , it was kind of distraction, or to make it light.
Now Windows 7 users can have Old Windows XP style of Network Activity Indicator. IT samples has provided this free app- http://itsamples.com/network-activity-indicator.html
Network Activity Indicator displays the old 'two monitors' icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray. It works with 64-bit Windows 7 ed. as well as 32-bit (x86).
version: 1.1 download (58KB, revised December 12, 2009)
Thanks to EdBott for the tweeting about it.