As I’ve been using it since the RTM became available on MSDN in August, it’s high time I put some praise Windows 7’s way. Apart from all the snazzy UI features, much more efficient use of hardware (than either Vista or XP), and the oh-so-easy ad-hoc networking - the feature that I’m currently in love with is Windows XP mode.
Some time ago I bought a copy of Paint Shop Pro X2 for my copy of Vista. It would run first time and then crash without fail thereafter. Something to do with ntdll apparently – although given that (apart from PSP) I never had a single application compatibility problem under Vista, I suspect it’s more to do with Corel than Microsoft. As I did buy X2 because it was compatible with Vista I found this very annoying to say the least. Anyway, I decided to try it under Windows XP mode and it works a treat.
What I like about Windows XP mode is that it’s a classic case of using existing technologies in a different way to solve an otherwise difficult problem. The integration is flexible and (almost) seamless. Not only that, but it’s a great way to sandbox applications of less than stellar quality.
Microsoft get a lot of criticism (oddly enough from people who still choose to use their products despite the prevalence of alternatives) simply because they’re Microsoft. I think they deserve some kudos for Windows 7 because it really is a pleasure to work with.