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Windows 7: What are people saying about the Windows 7 Release Cand


21 May 2009   #1

 
What are people saying about the Windows 7 Release Cand

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We did this before with Windows 7 at PDC and the Windows 7 Beta – I figured it’s time to do it for the Windows 7 RC. Here are a handful of quotes of what people are saying about the Windows 7 RC:

Ed Bott from ZDNet wrote:
Overall, I’m impressed with how reliable this Windows release has been. It also seems more than adequate in terms of performance.

Dwight Silverman from the Houston Chronicle wrote:
This latest test release is good. Really good. In fact, it’s good enough that, were Microsoft to call this the finished version and release it formally, it would be a much better product than Windows Vista was when it launched in early 2007.

Preston Gralla of Computerworld wrote:
Windows 7 RC1 includes a substantial number of productivity and performance tweaks that make an already solid, fast, entertaining and useful operating system even better.

Simon Bisson of ZDNet talks about his long history testing beta and RC bits of Windows and how the Windows 7 RC compares:
We've been using Beta and RC code since Windows 3, and this is by far the most solid and feature-complete RC we've seen.

Jeremy Kaplan of PC Magazine wrote:
Bottom line is that Windows 7 Release Candidate is more polished than the beta; seems to be better optimized for operating speed, responsiveness and improves user experience.

Matt Buchanan from Gizmodo digs the new backgrounds we added to the Windows 7 RC (I do too!):
Yes, these are just a handful of the ridiculously awesome backgrounds packed inside Windows 7.

Samara Lyn from CRN was impressed with the work we have done with Windows 7 and with our partners on driver compatibility:
Another blessing with Window 7 RC is that there were no issues with drivers. It looks as if Microsoft and vendors really got on board with ensuring driver compatibility.

This is what Mary Branscombe from the Financial Times had to say about the Windows 7 RC:
For end users, Windows 7 is a clear leap forward, and if the final version has the same high quality and attention to detail as this release it should appeal to customers and PC manufacturers alike.

And here is what Joshua Topolsky from Engadget said:
One thing we can say for sure is that it felt snappier and less buggy than the earlier versions (duh), and it's clear that Microsoft has taken a lot of the feedback it's gotten to heart. RC1 shows off definite attention to detail.


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21 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu
 
 
From Oz

Had a quick look at some online Windows 7 stuff from Australia - actually there's very little "buzz' even though itnews.com.au reported:
As reported by iTnews yesterday, Aussie ISPs including Adam Internet, Internode and iiNet reported Akamai server traffic spikes of between 10 and 50 per cent, which they attributed to availability of Windows 7. Internode also blamed Windows 7 for evening congestion on its Tasmanian backhaul links. The ISP has since confirmed it has placed a purchase order with Telstra for additional bandwidth.

arnnet:
The good news for anyone following the developments? The reception for Windows 7 has been generally warm. That said, there are concerns about the new RC. Thanks to Vista, a number of organisations are wary of Microsoft’s ability to get things right with Windows 7. Plus, a few of the touted features in the new operating system, such as the tool that allows users to run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine, have been heavily criticised by analyst firm, Gartner.
There have also been questions raised about the number of separate versions of Windows 7 that will be available, and whether that number is too many.

Gizmodo (au)
I loaded Windows 7 onto the Mini 12 as a Hail Mary manoeuvre, hoping to play with the system a little more without resorting to XP. And I have to admit, the results were pretty close to miraculous.

Mark Wilson (Gizmodo)
10. Why Should I Go Through All This Trouble?
Simply put, Windows 7 has been awesome. Whatever bad things you felt toward Vista—hate, fear, rage, apathy, bi-curiosity—Windows 7 probably solves your issue. The UI's evolved more than it has in years, you don't need to download a bunch of stupid codecs, it makes plugging in gadgets kind of fun, it's more secure and generally, life's just a lot better for anyone on a PC. While Microsoft says a pre-release shouldn't be your main OS, we're pretty sure it will be, almost instantly.
Gizmodo (Matt Buchanan)

pcmag (au)
by Jeremy A. Kaplan

Quicker to install, more polished and customizable, and easier to use than earlier builds, the Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) is a nice step towards finalization of the operating system. And you thought the Windows 7 Beta was good! The Release Candidate feels just a touch faster, both in app launches and boot and shutdown times. Enthusiasts eager to get their hands on the latest build—which Microsoft will deposit on TechNet on the 30th, and make publicly available on May 5th—will be happy to hear that it installed in no time, too—as little as 20 minutes in my experience. Compared to the hour it often took to install Windows Vista, this thing flies.
By Lance Ulanoff pcmag; There are countless other niceties. I use that word niceties because this is not a knock-your-socks-off OS. It's the meat-and-potatoes edition of Windows. There's no "wow" here. In fact, wow is a word Microsoft execs have been careful never to use (perhaps they all went through some Pavlovian-style training—an electric shock for every time they said "wow!"). Win 7 simply works and works and works.

The print version of apcmag has been extremely positive, verging on sycophantic - the theme has been "install it now as your principal OS".
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22 May 2009   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi all
Gartner is always PESSIMISTIC -- if someone decided to get the economy moving again by giving everybody 5,000 USD they would STILL complain.

They destroy their own argument by quoting a company with say 10 to 20,000 PC's -- this would in NO case be considered a small business and would probably manage any "Virtualisation" centrally via the enterprise virtual desk management system -- no way would they install XP mode on 20,000 individual PC's -- if they believe this they haven't understood who XPM is intended for. (Small businesses with probably 50 PC's as the absolute maximum -- 5 - 20 is much more likely).

In any case if you want a product to SUCCEED then a negative comment bu Gartner is usally an excellent start -- they've been wrong more time than you've probably had hot dinners.

Cheers
jimbo
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22 May 2009   #4

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
Gartner is always PESSIMISTIC -- if someone decided to get the economy moving again by giving everybody 5,000 USD they would STILL complain.

They destroy their own argument by quoting a company with say 10 to 20,000 PC's -- this would in NO case be considered a small business and would probably manage any "Virtualisation" centrally via the enterprise virtual desk management system -- no way would they install XP mode on 20,000 individual PC's -- if they believe this they haven't understood who XPM is intended for. (Small businesses with probably 50 PC's as the absolute maximum -- 5 - 20 is much more likely).

In any case if you want a product to SUCCEED then a negative comment bu Gartner is usally an excellent start -- they've been wrong more time than you've probably had hot dinners.

Cheers
jimbo
I dont know about 20k pcs jimbo, that IS an awful lot... but around here 50 ISNT alot, specificly at the lady's work. All old inventory apps that have just now been able to be fully functional with XP, migrating from 2k. yea, they are slow as hell, and stubborn if you ask the lady, but.... i'm sure they arent the only ones around doing this. They've asked me to come in, i just laugh at the notion, being what i horror stories i hear from her, lol. They are stuck in the 20th century still, and being a pretty large sized operation with offices branched out down the east coast. Jimbo, its kinda funny to think about it all, but yea, there are plenty of "idiots" or mules that dont want to do a system wide upgrade. Or in the example, too stubborn to switch inventory apps, and not forceful enough to have the developer make it foward AND backwards comp for that matter with windows. Yes, i know they could do and handle things differently, you and me both, but thats exactly why i didnt take them up on their offer. happily declined.
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