I would have to agree with everyone else here PRO MSFT. Microsoft has a hit on their hands.
As an IT person, major in EE who went into the music business (Everybody Loves Raymond to Get Shorty), I used PC's for GIGASTUDIO, PC ONLY as well as developed for Sony/Sonic Foundry ACID, another PC only program.
A few years ago, I downloaded Vista and my hardware (MACKIE, considered by some as the best you can buy, (the composer for Everybody Loves Raymond (I ran his studio)), used Mackie with Pro Tools), and my hardware was not supported until just a few months ago. That said, Vista was slow and felt sluggish, not to mention all the pop ups every time you did something.
However, seeing that you could NOT run MACKIE hardware on Vista for more than one (1) year, I built a HACK n Tosh, then purchased a Macbook Pro (MATTE), then a Glossy, last February and became a full time mac user.
After playing with Windows 7 for the past day, I can tell right away this is a different OS. Sure it seems big still, (could be drivers
) vs. what's actually installed, but the system is very fast, zippy and installs hardware without any constant pop up. It just works for the most part.
Today I have my audio working using the vista drivers and will try and do some audio tests today. While MAC still has the advantage with iLife and with great Video applications (FINAL CUT PRO, MOTION, SHAKE) as well as LOGIC, if the past 24 hours are any indication on how well this is working a year away, I am hopeful that developers will jump on the bandwagon and create really great applications, especially considering that TOUCH is built into the OS as I type.
Everything I am reading today (and we're a little under a year away) has all been positive- sure, there are some quirks that I would like to see fixed, such as the TRIMMER tool have a HOT KEY, but some of the things that Apple users had the luxary of using (DOCK) MS actually handles a bit better.
Example. OS X has dock and spaces. Windows 7 has PIN and Quick Look (also has quick look for audio, hope to see the same for video, images), where you launch a program and when you mouse over the ICON of the program on your dock?, you get thumbnails of every window that the application has running. If you mouse to the bottom RIGHT, it will clear you desk top (ANOTHER HOT KEY PLEASE), and eliminates the need for spaces, dock as it combines these two APPLE only features into one to some respect.
Microsoft has a winner here, especially if they take heed to all the BETA testers. I encourage all of you, especially if you are coming from OSX, to use the FEEDBACK button and send MSFT all your suggestions, such as a HOT KEY for the trimming tool. Quick look for images, thumbnails for documents NOT opened, et-cetera.
I can't remember saying this ever but I think MSFT might have a hit this time around. Ease of use is tremendous.