Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 12:52 UTC
Windows It's October 22 today. A completely random date in the grand scheme of things (we Dutch lost a big naval battle to the Ming dynasty on October 22 1633), but it also happens to be the release date of the newest version of Windows - Windows 7. Since Windows is still the most popular desktop operating system out there, this is pretty big news.
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It really is very good.
by KingRocky on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 14:06 UTC
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2009-07-30

I've been using Windows 7 on a test machine since the RTM came out. It really is VERY good. It is smooth, stable and very polished. There are lots of thoughtful touches included. "Aero Peek" is VERY cool & very useful, along with the snap-to feature. The new "dock" style taskbar is a vast improvement, though it does take a little getting used to.

Windows 7 is much better at "getting out of the way" and letting you get to work than either XP or Vista. New hardware is installed in the background, instead of popping up an annoying window, the number of "informational" balloons has dropped dramatically, and the UAC has been tamed to only pop up for important things. Startup and shutdown are reasonably fast, and I can finally have my widgets on the desktop instead of in a "sidebar."

It is SO good that I've been recommending it to friends and family - and I'm a Mac user. Sure, I'd love for them to switch to Mac, but if they want to stick with Windows, this version is one to get.

Windows 7 still has a few issues: Some of the control panel windows were seemingly pulled directly from XP without any thought as to how to make them better, the 3D Alt+Tab window switcher feature from Vista is still there - as useless as it has ever been, and for some reason Microsoft found it necessary to remove the excellent built-in calendar application, instead building it into the email program. With more and more people getting their email through their web browser, this idea seems backwards. It also still has its moments where it hangs with the spinning "O" when performing a basic task like copying a file and you wonder "WTF is it doing??" And it is still retarded when it comes to USB devices: Plug a flash drive or printer in a different USB port than the last time, and it still thinks that you're installing new hardware, and starts installing drivers. . . again.

Overall, though, it's the BEST Windows I've ever used, and I'll be installing it on all of the PCs in my home.

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