I spent the weekend using Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) and the experience has been great. A few points worth noting:
- OS Installation - Superb! It went very smoothly as expected. No issues there!
- Device Drivers - I was able to get my Samsung LCD and printers working right away, talk about plug and play. 🙂 My Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presentation Mouse 8000 needed a new driver but fortunately thanks to the Windows 7 Beta site from Microsoft Hardware, I got the mouse working in minutes. Nice job Microsoft Hardware team!
- Usability and Performance - The system felt zippier with especially when I took advantage of the 64-bit process of my Lenovo T60p. File copying seemed faster too. UI-wise, I love the improved task bar that showed the multiple stacks of windows I had open in a much more elegant way. Just hover your mouse over to the bottom taskbar and you'll see the multiple windows nicely stacked by each app. You don't need to do ALT-TAB now if you don't want to. 🙂
And wait, there's more. Our team have just released an update to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 for Windows migration that is now available to install on a machine with Windows 7 Beta. Check out the MAP Toolkit now and start planning your desktop deployment projects. We'll add Windows 7 hardware assessment capabilities soon, stay tuned for our MAP Toolkit 4.0 Beta Program in the upcoming months.