UPDATE: It seems things are looking good for this build of the Beta. TechCastNetwork has taken it for a spin, gone through the whole install rigamarole and seem pretty impressed, going as far as saying that Windows 7 may just put Microsoft on good terms with the bummed out Vista crowd. I still believe Window's faults lie beneath the surface in the coding and engineering, but as with almost anything that's new, I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out.
Microsoft has been quick to
admit less than stellar acceptance of Windows Vista start working on a new OS. Rumored to be released in the second half of 2009, Windows 7 has many of Vista's aesthetics, but gets plenty of things right that Vista did horribly wrong. My personal fav at the moment is starting up 25% quicker than Vista and XP. Vista promised plenty of refinements in the gaming sector. It's scoring system was meant to allow customers to choose software based on system rating as opposed to reading line after line of system specs of the side of a box. It proved to be insufficient and ultimately failed due to obvious reasons. PC specs are too complex to be narrowed down to a simple rating. You have video cards that advertised DirectX 10 capability with 1GB DDR2 RAM, however if you look closely you'll realize it only clocks at 400mhz and you're at a choking point. Sure it'll run on you're PC, but at it's lowest settings and that's unacceptable. If I wanted choppy framerates I'd watch The Little Rascals reruns on Nick at Nite. It was near impossible to rely on the system rating as even an Nvidia 8600 GTS carrying 512MB DDR3 RAM clocking 800mhz still rang in at about a 4, even with 3GB of 800mhz DDR2 as system ram. I was never quite sure, was 10 supposed to be the best? Exactly.
The Games for Windows Live initiative has also proven to continually be far inferior to Valve's Steam Client, which to this day is still my preferred method for purchasing PC gaming content. Vista was also meant to run games, much like Xbox 360, straight off of the disc with out the need to install onto the hard drive, however I think the opposite became true with NXE on the Xbox 360, as you can now install your games on the your Xbox 360's hard drive with the disc still required to be in the optical drive. WTF!?
LifeHacker has written up 10 things to look forward to in WIndows 7. The main gripe I still have with Vista is that it's a resource hog. When I custom built my old PC about a year and a half ago, I made the mistake of packing 4GB of RAM in there, seeing as the 32-Bit version of Vista only accepts 3GB max I basically had 1GB in there sitting pretty. On idle, and obviously without all the fluff ware you get when you buy a retail PC, it was still holding up at about the 800MB mark. That is complete and undeniable fail. Most low-end PCs with VIsta preinstalled at that time, shipped with only 1GB, if you ponied up a bit more cash, 2GB of RAM. I understand the typical Joe Six Pack Wally-World shopper wouldn't notice the difference, yet at the same time probably filled them with boredom while waiting for the porn to load that they decided to go a few rounds before hand leading to more of their one-toothed spawn to roam about the trailer park. I eventually went back to XP and after a few tweaks I was able to get in at about the 250MB mark on idle with Steam and other services I had running in the background. Now that I'm running Leopard on my MacBook I still have XP on a BootCamp partition for all the small PC only programs I use that I simply can't find Mac equivalents to.
Originally the Windows 7 Beta was officially meant to be released to the public during 2009s Consumer Electronics Show in January, but as usual the leaks are hard to avoid. It's up now on BitTorrent tracking sites and from what I hear it's a pretty stable release up at Build 7000 as opposed to the previous beta build. I'm gonna see if I can get it running through BootCamp and report my results. How about yourself? Are you feeling lucky?