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Yes, I'll admit, I'm a sucker when a new windows operating system comes out. After all, I come from the MS DOS era and witnessed the series of Windows products like version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 3.1 aka NT, 3.11, 3.5, 95 (remember the lines at the store!), 4.0, 98, 2000, XP, Vista and now 7!

After the installation, I quickly noticed how fast the install was. Now, I know this is a BETA version and I was wondering if this was stripped on purpose without the extras loaded in a final copy for this quick install. In any event, all went well with the install. Yes, the product does look like Vista but with improvements. The first that I noticed was the taskbar and the look that you get of open programs in the taskbar area. Larger icons and full preview of what's opened. The next thing I noticed is when you click on Start To see the files you've used recently, just right click on the icon of the file on your taskbar. So right-clicking on the Word icon will show your most recent Word documents. Plus, if there are other files you want to keep handy, you can just pin them to the Jump List. Nice.

Concerns that I have is with the peripheral devices that I have attached to my pc. Will there be drivers readily available to make these work when this product gets released? For some reason, manufacturers sat on a fence and waited until after Vista was released to release drivers. Very frustrating for users to wait.

I'm still playing around and learning more. I went to download SQL Express and Visual Web Developer and installed them without any problem on the new version of windows. Next, I went to the DotNetNuke website and downloaded the latest version DotNetNuke 5 Starter kit. Everything loaded successfully and fast. I was able to create a new DotNetNuke website right away and add pages and modules to those pages without a problem.

All in all, first impressions were that the product looks the same as Vista but improved. It's faster which is always nice.  Let's hope it stays that way with the final build.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:26 AM | Back to top

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