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
KingRocky
Member since:
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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RE: It really is very good.
by Rugxulo on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 14:28 in reply to "It really is very good."
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

if they want to stick with Windows, this version is one to get.


Well, you're stuck with whatever hardware you've got already, so even if all modern 32-/64-bit Windows supported it (unlikely), then you still are more likely to find only the latest version pre-installed than anything older Windows (that might work actually better, *cough*).

Edited 2009-10-22 14:31 UTC

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RE[2]: It really is very good.
by KingRocky on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 16:11 in reply to "RE: It really is very good."
KingRocky Member since:
2009-07-30

Actually, it's running quite fine on a pair of 3 year old computers in my home, an Athlon 64 300+ (single core) and an Intel Pentium 4HT 3Ghz. Both machines have only 1GB of RAM.

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RE: It really is very good.
by soonerproud on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 15:52 in reply to "It really is very good."
soonerproud Member since:
2008-03-05

Overall a good review but I disagree on the removal of the calender. Most people I know are using both web mail and a online calender like google's so there is no need to have a default calender along with the added bloat. Microsoft did the smart thing and put the calender in Live Mail for those that insist on sticking with a traditional email and calender solution because these people are likely to be one in the same.

In most cases OEM's are going to include Live Mail in their default configurations so this is not an issue for most people that just get a new os with a new PC.

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RE: It really is very good.
by modmans2ndcoming on Mon 26th Oct 2009 01:10 in reply to "It really is very good."
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

A lot of the applications like photo gallery, movie maker, etc are available through the live installer. Decoupling the end user apps allows them a lot more autonomy on development cycle.

the calendar I believe is part of the windows live install.

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