Over at ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has been kicking Windows 7's tyres for a couple of months, and now presents his verdict.
Kingsley-Hughes said:OK, here’s the deal. There’s a lot to like about Windows 7. I don’t have a problem admitting that. In fact, I’m happy to go as far as to say that it could very well be the best OS to come out of Redmond since Windows NT 4.0.
First, there’s the extra performance that it manages to squeeze from existing hardware. It’s not going to blow your hair back, and once the system is set up with all the required software it’s no longer really noticeable, but it’s still there, and a small gain is better than a small loss. Then there’s the new UI. It’s clean, crisp and fresh, and it feels better and more logically organized than either Vista or XP. And then there’s all the usability tweaks tha make things quicker and easier to find. There’s no doubt that Windows 7 easier to set up, use and maintain then either Vista or XP. And finally, it seems that Microsoft has struck the right balance between compatibility and support for cutting-edge features, which means that you’re not going to have to throw away all your exisitng hardware just to experience 7.
Like I said, I like Windows 7. A lot.
Kingsley-Hughes said:The probleem is that I can’t really say that I’m all that displeased with what Vista offers me.
Kingsley-Hughes said:Sure, performance and reliability was poor when Vista was released, but these issues were addressed a long time ago