Hmm…I’ve been playing with the new beta of Windows 7 on an aging Toshiba Tecra I’ve got lying around and so far…quite impressed. It’s certainly as snappy, perhaps…gasp…even snappier than XP was on the same machine.
Plus the interface looks to be much simplified, it doesn’t seem to come with the same level of security paranoia bloat as Vista, and gosh it hasn’t crashed yet. The install was pretty painless, with just one glitch post install when an auto update reset the video driver to 800×600 and had to be returned to 1024×768.
A couple of quick comments:
1. Internet Explorer 8. Could they have made it any more like Google Chrome? I don’t think so. Loads v fast though, so they’re trying hard!
2. Installed a USR WiFi card into the PC Card slot on the Tosh and it installed the driver and got it working straight out of the box. Very nice.
3. Sleep/hibernate restore seems to work like a charm. Maybe they’ve sorted out the Vista bug?? Fingers crossed.
It’s early days yet however (apparently Vista had a reasonably good beta stage too, and look how that turned out), I’ll do more testing and report more later if there’s anything interesting to say.
By the way don’t forget that you can still download it yourself and play around (I deffo do not recommend you install it on any important machines, know what I mean? it’s beta, OK?). You can get it from here.