I checked around here (read: scanned the 1st page) and saw no one has talked about windows 7 yet. Today I started the journey of Beta testing this beast and so far I have nothing but praise.
first off lets start with some rules:
-this will not turn into a mac vs pc debate, there's already one going around in here, go there to vent. go ahead compare contrast, but I dont wanna see any fanboyistic behavior going around
-if I hear one "windows is just copying mac" I'm gonna scream. I could go on forever what both companies have been inspired from the other guy. and if your such a mac fan, why hate something that's almost the same? it's like being a blueberry pie fan ragging on a cherry pie that keeps adding more blue food dye.
anywho lets get down to business
I have not installed itunes, zune, or any of the creative suites yet, that is soon to come though.
the new taskbar:
yeah, its like a dock, you can put on whatever shortcut you want on it and take off the ones you dont. the best part though, is that Developers can now place buttons in the preview windows that pop up when you mouse over a tab on the taskbar, I had a song playing in Windows Media Player and there were fastforward, play/pause, backwards, and mute buttons all in the preview window.
the new taskbar is a MAJOR improvement. clicking on the wifi button doesnt just tell you that there are wireless networks nearby like vista, it now displays those networks and lets you choose from them, right from the task bar.
the one problem is I do have to say its a little bigger than vista's, Probably just 6-7 pixels thicker, I'm not used to it yet, but on a 12.1" laptop screen, the real estate is priceless.
dragging a window's top bar to the top of the screen full screens it (like hitting the maximize button) pulling it down does the same as restore. shaking the window will minimize all the other windows that are up, and doing it again will reverse it. dragging it to the right, makes it take up the left half of the screen, and the same for the right to the right of the screen. really nice if you want to move things between two windows.
the side directory isn't labeled like the tree anymore (C: to these folders, to these folders etc.) it's grouped to favorites (most used folders), libraries (like the old user name folder: music, videos, pictures etc) and homegroup* (more on that later), the tree is still there under that, giving you access to the rest of the computer, but it does help to get to where you wanna be quicker.
I haven't installed anything as of yet, most likely gonna go get avg free in a bit but there is alot I can talk about.
the UAC is revised thank Bog. instead of on (every thing causes a screen dim with a permission box) and off (no security) like vista, there are levels fine between those settings. which is awesome, and less annoying.
coming from vista premium into 7 ultimate I have no idea if this is because of the x64 change but I'll say it anyway.
Before 7, I ran World of warcraft alot. I'm on a HP tx2100cl and I have a Nvidia 6150 goforce graphics chip with 152mb on it. honestly, wow played horribly. youtube videos would even lag. I can now run 2 world of warcrafts fairly well and have (the most I've tested so far) 8 youtube videos running in HD without lag. It's a serious improvement.
the new paint is awesome, opacity and brushes, it's like the annoying little sister of your best friend photoshop that you would bang but she's not old enough, y'know? okay, maybe that was a bad metaphor, but I think you got it. Wordbad, is an improvement, adding office 2007's ribbon (with missing features of course), spellcheck, etc.
The calculator is awesome, it has a setting where you can put in a distance and gas mileage and it'll tell you how much gas you'll need etc. tips, unit conversions, calender stuff. it's awesome.
if you've ever used the program juggler, or any others that juggle your wallpaper on intervals then you'll be happy to know that that feature is built in. yes you can selct more than one wallpaper and it will cycle them around on the interval of time of your choice.
if you've used vista before with a tablet, you know about the writing area and virtual keyboard. it's been improved, the keys are larger, separated and lightup when the pen is on them, instead of you having to check exactly where the white dot is before you press it. the handwriting recognition is also a leg up. in vista it took a while writing with it for it to get used to me and recognize my style of writing, 7 is doing pretty well so far.
*homegroup is one thing I would like to give more info on, but I just dont know enough, from my understanding it's basically an easier way to share files/folders between everyone on the network. I'll look more into it.
There's alot more in windows 7 that I cant just unload everything. But trust me it's a huge improvement from vista, and everything vista is compatible with it so we wont have the same launch issues that have plagued vista with a bad rap it's entire life.
so CA, anyone else looking forward to/have experiences to share of/questions about/etc. windows 7?