Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Dec 2008 19:54 UTC
Windows Coming January, Windows 7 will make its big debut in the form of the first public beta release. However, just as with any other pre-final Windows build, it has already been leaked onto various torrent websites, and Paul Thurrot, everyone's favourite Microsoft zealot ["...hopefully Web site owners will get serious about getting ready for the next IE and correct these issues." Wait, what?], has written a review of this new beta. He concludes: "In use, Windows 7 is fairly unexceptional in the sense that, yes, it has some nice improvements over Windows Vista, but, no, none of them are particularly major changes. In this sense, Windows 7 is much like your typical Microsoft Office release, a nicely tweaked version of the previous release. (Cue the obvious Steven Sinofsky anecdote here, I guess.) That said, Windows Vista is clearly in need of a spit-shine, not to mention a public execution, and Windows 7 will provide Microsoft with a way to do both."
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Here we go again...
by LobalSurgery on Mon 29th Dec 2008 20:41 UTC
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Thurrott gives the Windows 7 beta a four out of five "Smiling Thurrott Head" rating.

I thought this sounded a little familiar, so I dug up his final review on Windows Vista, which received the same rating (and is "highly recommended"):

In this review, he claims that "Windows Vista performs as well or better than Windows XP on identical, modern hardware" - this didn't turn out to be the experience for the vast majority of users.

So in this new article he goes on to say that "performance-wise, Windows 7 appears to be in the Windows Vista ballpark", which by his logic should put it in the same league as XP. *Sigh*

He seems to go either way with Windows pre-releases, but rest assured he'll be fawning over the retail version.

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