I've been pegged by many as a chronic early adopter. And, well, I am. I had to create a partition to try Windows 7, and I've tried it for several hours for a couple weeks.
After trying it, I've decided I'm not going to run it. For now.
- Visual Studio has some issues on it. I can’t run it if an app I use every day has problems.
- It's a pain to re-install everything just the way I want it. I think my personal limit is about two Windows reinstalls a year. I've already done one at home and one at work in the last six months. While I'm pretty confident that Windows 7 is only going to see this one public beta before release in the summer, I don't really want to deal with any potential screwups that require a reinstall before release. On this note… I'd like to see a more sandboxed system, as outlined on UnsolicitedDave.
- There really aren't any features I'm dying to use. Vista has a life-changing feature for me: hit the Windows key and start typing to search. I now can’t stand sitting in front of XP because I can’t do that. So far, Windows 7 hasn’t revealed any features like that yet. I’m not yet sold on the new taskbar. I kind of like the new widget (replacement of sidebar) stuff, but wouldn’t really run Windows 7 until I wanted to develop for it. Some of the window-snapping stuff is nice.
- It’s Vista, and I like Vista. Vista was a failure and Windows 7 is looking like a success already. That’s all marketing. The thing people don’t realize about Windows 7 is that it’s just a rehashed Vista. Vista needs help – mostly UAC and some of the more arcane management and control panel UIs they decided to add – but I’ve run it every day for 3 years and think it’s fine. I insist on it now because I run 64-bit and Vista x64 has better driver support than XP x64, plus that Windows-to-search key I insist on.
Anyway, Windows 7 is looking promising, but it’s really just Windows 6.1 (Vista is 6.0, for those not aware). In fact, 6.1.7000 is the actual version number of the beta build.