"Going past just good enough..."5.0 starson by jessiethe3rd
SEARCH that doesn't eat up CPU cycles needlessly
Cons: 64bit Drivers (not everything is quite ready)
Some minor dislikes around Power Profiles
Summary: Let's face it, Vista got a bad rap. Call it rushed to market, or call it, somewhat of a shifting point, or just plain poor support on launch, Microsoft had a lot to prove in this version of Windows. One of the challenging things for an OS of its market breadth is trying to be as much as possible to all the people that the OS serves. For the Windows XP users Windows 7 represents a true current gen operating system. From the ClearType font support to the responsive changes in the TaskBar, this version of Windows screams improvements. All the rage see the blogsphere seems to be things like Chrome OS and the always stylish OSX. I am typing this here on my MacBook Pro with Windows 7 RTM installed and I must say I see no need to go back and forth between OSX and Windows - I am happy to say I am a Windows user once again and throughly happy with this product. With things like Aero Peek, Jump Lists, DirectAccess, and much improved desktop search I am really digging this OS. The smaller design tweaks are more impressive to me however. The Action Center, reduced clutter TaskBar, and things like transitioning wallpaper make the experience equally and in some ways better then the OSX... that partion is getting smaller and smaller :-).I am still running Windows 7 (since Beta actually) and I am pretty darn impressed. I am not getting that whole "okay you've been running me for sometime so its now time to slow down" bogged down feel.
A lot has been said about the competition out there in relation to a cloud OS. Today nothing Google could put out could rival the fantastic experience of this OS. I imagine it will be hard for anyone to put out a web OS that will match the slickness of this OS.
So bottom-line - this is a worthy upgrade for all the Windows XP users (the experience is like night and day.) For those Vista users still sitting on the fence you might as well jump-in because to be honest, the speed at which this OS operates is impressive. Less resources, better memory management, tweaked UI... Windows 7 is a fanastic OS.
Updated on Apr 23, 2010
I read some of the comments below and can see that there's always the doubters and people who just have a bur under their skin. I think they should continue using what makes them happy and if they want to yell from the mountain how great their OS is - no worries - it's a free world.
I still do not believe that a WebOS could match the capabilities of Windows 7... with that said I can see as we work closer and closer in a web app world the time will come when there will be a shift point in the technology. Will that happen soon? Don't think so.
As far as tech support for Windows it is there - all around you - forums communities and the like.
As far as Vista... I ran it as a main OS on my business machine for years - it ran fine once the right hardware was put into place
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