Ok – it doesn’t suck yet.
I’m sure I’m going to have my membership to the all-geek club revoked for that statement but saying anything else wouldn’t be totally honest.
I installed Win7, RC1 (I think – Build 7100) yesterday on the spare harddrive on my laptop just for grins.
First off I was amazed at the size of the download, almost a full gig smaller than Vista, must have been all that debug code they pulled out of it.
Second point was the install went smoothly and with minimal customer interaction. When I look at a product and say “this is probably something i could hand my son (who, sob, is not technically inclined beyond how to load a game into the PS3) and tell him to run with, and expect that he’ll only ask a dozen or so questions.
The third things I noticed were the UI. Surprisingly intuitive. The “Windows Sidebar” has been replaced by an active desktop that actually works, you can drop gadgets anywhere on the desktop, which makes for the abiltiy to more logically place things based on your needs.
The old windows task bar has been replaced by something, not surprisingly, more mac-like. Each application has a button, multiple windows within an application get grouped with the app. Mousing over the application gives you a preview of all windows associated with the app, and mousing over the preview brings each window to the forfront in succession. (It makes finding what you’re looking for in a desktop full of app windows much easier, since Win7 *STILL* doesn’t come with multiple desktops)
So far, so good. I’ll follow up tomorrow after I start installing applications and see which ones don’t work. (always the big fear, right?)