From: King's Landing
Just a note to let everyone know that the non-beta version of Microsoft Windows 7 (Technically speaking whats called the last RC version) will be available for all end-user audiences on Tuesday free of charge for your usage for at least a year. It was available to inside audiences through MSDN, Technet, and other programs last Thursday. This is, of course, an unprecidented first for Microsoft and meant to help show their extreme confidence in this version.
Compatibility is way up, Performance is twice what Vista was, the new major bell & whistle is Multi-Touch Support (ie. Two fingers simultaneously detected and traced on your multitouched enabled monitor or Microsoft Surface Coffee Table) as well as an OS-X style Doc at the bottom. Personally I just like the simple post-it note app (I've used others but none worked quite so elequantely as this one). Some bones thrown to Corporate users also like true multiple network profile support etc.
Really there is no need to go through all the features or even debate the supposed performance or compatibility gains. Why? Because you can simply try it for yourself and continue to run it.
And yeah, many a Matrix games runs even better in Windows 7 untouched...
Can't wait to see how the Microsoft H8ters still manage to turn this one into a negative...
PS. If you wish to actually pay for it, retail boxed copies MIGHT be available as soon as late August. Also, on the Microsoft Surface thing, rumor is MS wants a 5K version available within 18 months or so (Currently I believe they are generally priced around 10k). I still think it would be neat to play a computer boardwargame this way against an opponent. Sitting across from one another and moving pieces with your hands.
Not unlike the Wii, the true power of Multi-touch will come down to what developers manage to do with it creatively. For those who have seen multi-touch at work in the commercial and industrial sectors, you know that in the end it provides quite a positive and rich experience over soon to be "legacy" style applications.. (Of course, in contrast, for gaming there really is no broken ground yet so its usefullness there remains to be seen though I've faith in the creativity of developers).
< Message edited by Veldor -- 5/4/2009 7:33:15 AM >