What do you think of the Windows 7 Beta ?

I would like to hear your opinion. Have you tried the beta yet?
Overall, what is your first impression?

How many points would you give Microsoft for:

  • - Accessibility
  • - Usability
  • - Performance

Usability

From my point of view, it’s all in the details. AeroShake and AeroSnap are very cool, both features will come in handy and improve your productivity.

AeroSnap

AeroShake

While I was clearly disappointed that they did not add any collapsible menus on the desktop itself (not just the new gadget stuff), the Windows 7 Superbar is another great feature. Powerusers, who open a lot of windows simultaneously, will now be able to switch a lot easier between windows and tabs.

A virtual GPS system will be included in Windows 7, which will help you to receive even more local and specific information e.g. weather, oil price, etc.

Performance

Windows 7 benchmarks are very convincing (outperforms Vista + XP) and I am glad that it is doing so well, because a better overall performance is always a good thing.

Accessibility

A touchscreen might not be very innovative, but touchscreen-panning looks nice and will definetly change the way we interact with PC’s.

The question is what do you expect from a OS? What should Microsoft do to improve:

  • - Accessibility
  • - Usability
  • - Performance

They came up with a new kernel to improve the performance, features that improve the usability (superbar) and also new ways to access your PC (touchscreen-panning)!
Microsoft ust needs more feedback to make the system more user-friendly and that’s exactly what they are doing right now, why else would they remove a download limit for two weeks?

Feel free to let us know what you think about Windows 7, either by voting (sidebar poll) or by posting a comment here. 5 random commentators will receive another beta key from me.

Published: Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 Last Modified: June 18, 2009

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