Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I had Win7 installed on my work laptop earlier this week. While I have Vista Ultimate on my HTPC, I can't really draw comparisons between these two OS's since these machines are used in very different ways. However, here are some of my favorite improvements over XP (thus far):
- Taskbar redesign is simple and intuitive, yet rich in features.
- Same goes for the system tray.
- Connecting to my home network used to take seconds, now it takes milliseconds. I hate playing the "refresh" game in my browser, waiting to connect to the Internet.
- Detecting USB devices is now fast and consistent whereas it used to be very hit or miss. By "hit," I mean "slow;" by "miss," I mean "required a reboot."
- The exact same thing goes for external display detection.
- Gesture-based and smart Window management features such as docking and ghosting.
- Aero glass, but snappy and just as responsive as the old opaque XP chrome.
- It's about time Windows shipped with an attractive set of themes, sounds, and wallpapers!
- And best of all, I get all this without switching to a Mac OS!