I've been working with the final version of Win 7 for a little while at work now (we're testing with it for a future software release), and it's been nothing but an annoyance to us so far.
It's quite possible that it's good when compared to Vista (which my company skipped), but upgrading from XP to Windows 7 doesn't seem to gain very much for a user. Off the top of my head, here are the pros and cons I've witnessed so far:
- Find function finally uses a modern search engine, like Google Desktop
- The Dock-like taskbar is an improvement. However, see Cons below.
- Nice new background pictures
- Aero provides nice eye candy (although we disable this by default in our systems, so the OS resembles XP Classic)
- Control Panels have been randomly renamed and are usually not accessible using previous methods. The end result doesn't seem to have any logic to it - it's just different for difference sake. This caused us a lot of annoyance as we were trying to learn how to configure and troubleshoot the new OS.
- Windows Explorer has changed for the worse in many respects, such as resetting the scroll bar to the top when you've selected a folder farther down, hiding what you selected.
- You can no longer set the Start menu to "Classic Start Menu" view.
- Startup and shutdown are much
slower than XP.
- Can't get to System 32 folder unless you start browsing at c: root. If you start browsing elsewhere, you will be redirected (using virtual folders) to a Windows folder that contains nothing useful.
- Dock-like taskbar pales in comparison to the real Dock in OSX. (Hard to tell when an app is running or not, no drag/drop rearrange, hard to tell when more than one window is open for an item without clicking, etc.)
- Lots of little annoying omissions like the lack of an Explore menu option when right-clicking My Computer.
That's all I can think of right now. Overall, many areas that have changed are simply different, and we haven't yet found any that seem better
. Win 7 will get out there, as I'm sure lots of new computers will ship with it, but from an upgrade perspective, I don't see why anyone would upgrade at all (especially at over $100 for an upgrade) since most of the new features can be added to XP for free using plugins.
I guess I'm just spoiled with Snow Leopard.