gries818 wrote:[...] I can see enough to know I don't like this more than OS X. The new toolbar just doesn't have the same cool 'element' of the Dock. Internet Explorer 8 isn't on par with Safari or Firefox (though users can obviously install either Safari or Firefox) though websites do tend render better than they do in 8 on XP or 7 on Vista..
The "Libraries" feature is a great improvement. Windows Media Player has been improved quite a bit, though I won't say it's even with iTunes just yet.
Taken in to account, there is a lot of great stuff in 7. I don't know if it is worth to upgrade XP, but I would switch from Vista. I still don't regret switching to a Mac. OS X feels a lot more full-featured with iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes, etc all built right in. I feel like I have to download a lot before I can do a lot with my computer on 7, and I don't feel that way about my OS X installation.
Wow, well that post kind of clinches it for me, Mac versus Windows really IS a matter of personal taste
I personally can't get my head round the Mac OS Dock, can't stand Safari (although I use Opera rather than IE), and I 'd never use either iTunes or GarageBand. I don't know about iMovie, but one of the great things about WMP in W7 is that I'm no longer forced to install QuickTime on my rig for the sole purpose of playing movie trailers in that format...
Image viewing/editing etc is of course one of the strengths of the Apple, so I guess I'm unsurprised that you list it as one of the best features in Mac OS. Out of the box, W7 is not that good in this area.
It's nice though, and somewhat encouraging, to see this globally appreciative opinion from a Mac guy -- and I really wish there were some OEM PC manufacturer that at least attempted to make PCs with the same high quality of hardware configuration as Apple make their Macs ...
Well I don't hate Windows nor do I hate Microsoft, but there is a major reason why I switched. If you were to spend time looking through these forums, you would see that earlier on in my membership, I hated Macs. The game changer for me was OS X. Apple finally realized OS 8 and 9 were as bad, if not worse than Windows ME and totally overhauled their OS for a new era of computing.
It wasn't really Vista that made me switch. I haven't used Vista as a main OS since before it was released, but I never had the problems with it that others did. I found it as fast XP on the same hardware, and never had incompatibility problems with other hardware. Of course maybe I just didn't do the right things to make it crash, but it worked for what I wanted to do.
The difference is definitely a personal taste, but I switched after seeing how relatives and friends could use their computers without the hassle I had with Windows. Unless you build the machine yourself (in that case it will eventually catch up) from the moment you plug the computer in it is like waging a war with your computer. Usually to get all the crapware your manufacturer installed to make things "easier" you have to reinstall. And then you have to go through a process of after the install of hours of updating, driver searching, installing the programs you want (like Firefox or whatever), and rebooting. And then when that is all done, you go through a routine of virus and adware scans, defragmentation, and the occasional cleaning of hundreds of unwanted and unneed files and programs that just seem to accumulate when you are trying to do the simplest of tasks. Like converting a .wma to .mp3. Or trying to export a .doc (or .docx) to .pdf form.
I don't have this fight on my Mac. And there are constantly little features within the OS that pop up just when you find the need for them (like the export as .pdf... so handy). It is still a computer, and there is still some level of maintenance, but it just isn't the same.
7 is an improvement. And in some areas I can see they've imitated Apple and in others even innovated beyond what Leopard does. I wouldn't expect anything else. But they need some major overhauling to the OS and even a retooling of the way manufacturers use Windows. And they are making some positive steps in the right direction. But they just aren't ready to make the major decisions yet.