I have now been using Windows 2008 R2 for 2 months and Windows 7 client for about a month (two weeks on my production laptop) and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. I have beta tested every MS OS since 2000 and this is the first time I can honestly say I am excited.
Lets start with Window 2008 R2.
This OS is rock solid. They could release it now and I think it would fair very well. It has enough of a feature increase it is worth the upgrade. I was impressed with 2008 but R2 simply blows it away. It is quicker and I love the taskbar. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my computer and R2 caters to this quite nicely. I wouldn’t be fooling anyone if I didn’t say I was excited about the native Powershell support, but I think that goes without mention. All and all… it is has exceeded any expectations I had. I haven’t had a chance to play with the advance functionality that was introduced, but I plan to get to that this week.
All I can say is WOW! I think this is first time MS changed the interface in a way that was simply just better. We all know MS has a way of changing the interface that drives people crazy, but this time the changes are relatively noninvasive and worth the aggravation of learning. They truly help efficiency and finally allow keyboard jockeys to put down the mouse and move seamlessly around the screen and apps with keyboard strokes. Some of the new changes seem trivial and just eye candy, but once you get a hold of the usefulness of the new GUI it will change the way you use your computer. GUI changes aren’t the only thing that is noticeable in Win7, the performance is awesome and everything seems snappier. I haven’t got to use the enterprise usability yet, but I hope to get a beta going at work.
The last thing and this goes for both R2/Win7 is User Account Control (UAC.) This was introduced in Vista and while the idea was good, the execution was… ummmm, less than grand. The new OS’s continue down the UAC path (as they should) but have made the process more intelligent and it doesn’t annoy you as much.
These products are both Beta1 and I would guess a year or so off, but if the final product is even as good as the beta… it will be awesome. Shortly, I hope to start reviewing all the new Powershell cmdlets (+100) soon.
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