I was finally able to get my hands on a RTM copy of Windows 7 Business thanks to MSDNAA and my University (it's sweet being a College student lol!) and I have to say I am quite impressed with Windows 7.
I tried the RC version but I quickly ditched it after quickly running into instability issues.
I absolutely LOVE how the new taskbar works now, just showing the icons and if that's intimidating to new users you can always have it switched back so it works like the regular Windows toolbar. I also love how Themes makes a return with a vengence. One thing I didn't like about XP was it's inability to handle themes. Vista could do something like it to an extent, but things like theme files were nonexistant AND I'm sure lots of users were begging Microsoft to add something like a wallpaper changer at intervals. It was nice to see Microsoft added that
I feel like I could go on and on about Windows 7's awesomeness, and this shows that Microsoft hit a home run. I honestly wasn't too excited for Windows Vista's features. Sure Aero was a nice improvement and the new UI was also interesting, but also uninteresting later on because it would be plagued by performance issues. Windows 7 is just snappy.... it just works right?
Everything is so snappy in 7. I can definitely notice it over Vista. I guess in the end Vista was just a little too ambitious for Microsoft and they had pressures mounting on them to deliver. It's nice to see 7's refinement.
So here's to you Microsoft
and Windows. My have you come a long way...