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Monday, January 12, 2009

The Windows 7 Beta is Here!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Windows 7 Beta has been released.  If you’ve been following the news releases over the last few months, then none of the new features should be particularly surprising to you.  But screenshots and demos just don’t do it quite so much justice.  To really appreciate how awesome Windows 7 is, you need to see it for yourself – and I highly recommend you do so.

I downloaded and installed the beta on Saturday.  The installer took just 20 minutes from start to finish on my two year old laptop.  I haven’t had a single crash.  I’m contemplating putting it on my main machine, which needs to be paved anyways.  The only thing holding me back, frankly, is a lingering concern about win7’s ability to play video games.  Although I personally don’t think Vista was the train wreck the rest of the world thinks it is, I will handedly acknowledge that Win7 is the most innovative Microsoft operating system since Windows 95.  This is the first time since then that there’s been a fundamental change in the way the operating system handles task management, and it does, truly, make an enormous difference in the way you work.  It’s exciting to see it taking shape, and hopefully bodes well for our future.

You really owe it to yourself to check it out.  It’s worth it.