vesuvius said:

I too have dual hard drives as a virtual machine is just underpants performance wise. You need a proper install to appreciate the OS.

I have tested development with the express editions and they are working great. There is no way this OS can fail, as it is quite polished now.

Being an admirer of ObjectDock, what do you think of the new taskbar? I know the start button still exists, but have things improved in general?

Interesting you mention that the Start button is still there.  I find myself only using it for the search box inside and opening Control Panel.

It would be really nice if MS replaced the "Orb" with the search box, but I have a feeling that there would be a huge backlash.