Is it Stable?
This is the #1 question I get when I talk about this build. And I’m happy to report, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” if you have not read Larry Osterman’s blog post over on Engineering 7, then you should read it, because it answers the question on how a “pre-beta” can maintain such a high quality bar. It is a *very* informative read.
What about UAC?
That is the second question that people have asked thus far. The answer is, UAC has been tweaked on many fronts. You can now choose, in slider form, how much Windows 7’s UAC will interrupt you. There are now 4 options, which are as follows:
- Never notify me
- Only notify me when programs try to make changes
- Always notify
- Notify and wait for my approval
What are you most excited about?
I’m really excited about Windows 7 as a whole, but I’ll run through the features that I’ll be covering more in-depth in my review that will be posted soon:
- New Taskbar: You’ll hate it at first glance, but you’ll love it in 5 minutes.
- HomeGroup: Simplified home networking. Allows you to easily discover documents and media on other Windows 7 computers on the network.
- HomeGroup in Windows Media Center: SoftSled on crack.
- Windows Media Center: Cleaner UI, DVD Library on by default, UI for adding Recorded TV folders.
- Play To: Queue media on your library to play on any DLN A-compliant device in your home.
- New Codec Support: h.264, DivX, XviD, non-FairPlay AAC.
- Touch: The new touch features are simply amazing. Take that, Apple!
- DirectConnect: VPN without the VPN
- Wireless: Simplified WiFi connections, built-in mobile broadband stack, better Bluetooth pairing.