Of course I have been in on the action. I upgraded the Dell Inspiron 1100 from Windows 7 (Build 6801) to Windows Beta 1 (Build 7000). This poor old laptop was my Test Machine initially as well throughout the Vista Beta lifecycle run and subsequent release…Being a Celeron 2.4Ghz CPU and 1GB of RAM didn’t make it the best Vista machine but it managed for Internet and simple usage. Well, with Windows 7, it feels much more alive. Of course the Intel 845 chipset and on-board graphics mean no Aero but it still looks great.I am liking the new SuperBar. It took some getting used to it and once I worked out the concepts, I have to say it has improved the useability. It seems I’m not the only one that like it with all of these review being publishedPreston Gralla from Computerworld
This first beta of Windows 7 is a polished piece of work, with few apparent kinks to be worked out. Windows 7 is much further along at this beta stage than Windows Vista was at a similar point.
All in all, Windows 7 is shaping up well. It’s a far more modest release than Vista was, but it’s no worse for that. The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish, and that’s exactly what Microsoft needs right now. Vista’s foundation was solid, and Windows 7 just makes it better.
I’ve been working with the Windows 7 beta for several weeks, and I like it a lot. It feels snappier and more responsive than Windows Vista.
Without a doubt, the first beta edition of the Windows 7 operation system indicates that Microsoft is on the right track to shore up many of the perceived flaws of Windows Vista… And at its heart, Windows 7’s greatly improved emphasis on workflow and organization makes the operating system much more palatable for heavy-duty users used to operating with a large number of open windows and applications.
As for performance, I think Microsoft is going to surprise people. And if you’re working for an enterprise that hasn’t upgraded to Vista because it won’t run acceptably on your existing PCs, you’ll want to look again at Windows 7.
We mentioned the Problem Steps Recorder blackbox error reporting app back in our Win 7 Giz Explains, but it wasn’t until I tried it for myself that I saw just how amazing it is.
I’m actually having fun using Seven, something I haven’t said about a Microsoft operating system since Windows 95.
Windows 7 seems to be much improved than Windows Vista in lots of areas and the beta clearly shows that Microsoft has indeed taken users feedback on Vista seriously.
Microsoft has taken a disciplined approach to planning, building and delivering Windows 7 (and planning is already underway for Windows 8); this may lack the flamboyance of previous versions but if Microsoft can maintain the quality of the beta, Windows 7 could indeed be the best version of Windows yet.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I just hope that the release will make us of the early goodwill.Also, Microsoft has released updated Windows 7 Beta hardware drivers for: Keyboards, Mice, Cameras, & Headsets.
- Keyboard IntelliType Pro 7.0 Beta software for Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit (Release Notes)
- Headset LifeChat 1.3 Beta (Release Notes)
- Mouse & Trackball IntelliPoint 6.3 for Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit (Release Notes)
- Webcams LifeCam 2.9 Beta (Release Notes)
- XBox 360 Controller & Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit (Release Notes)
It looks like it is full steam ahead…