I finally decided to download and test the upcoming Windows Vista OS that Microsoft's been promising for more than a year.
Last month I was able to download the RC 1 version; RC 2 had been removed from Microsoft's servers. I've been given a license number that may be used on 10 computers. And unfortunately, the license expires on 1st July 2007... And once the software is installed, I have 14 days to activate it, else some things won't run...
There's an excellent review of the new features of Windows Vista at Wikipedia.org. Here's my personal addition though...
- There's a lot of transparency effects on menu bars
- There's some nice fading animation when minimising and maximising windows
- The gadgets seem OK
- Nice Flip3d
- New Internet Explorer has tabs
- New 'cooler' font
- Here's my desktop:
- I also like the snipping tool that's good to take part of the desktop's screenshot.
- Flip3d is not new; it's a package that exists since a long ago in Linux distro and used in Mac OS X Tiger
- Gadgets also is an idea from Mac OS X
- Tabing was introduced by Mozilla Firefox
- Though the Windows sound setup plays 5.1 surround sound, Windows Media Player 11 does not do so. It plays tracks in 2.0 only!
- My Wanadoo USB ZTE modem drivers are not compatible, so I can't connect to the Internet (more precisely it's the PPPoA WAN adapter that doesn't work)
- The new font resembles more like the one used in Mac OS X
Enjoy Vista while it's free! But don't spend on it!
Or more: test it to see why you shouldn't buy the final version!! Use a Linux distro...