The post was commented on a lot, and I was one of the commenter’s – but today I installed build 5536, and I am absolutely blown away by how much more stable, how much faster, and how much more feature full it is over the build of just a month ago!
The Media Center now works wonderfully with my XBOX 360 (and you can now run the Media Center over Remote Desktop, as long as you aren’t trying to watch video) – this is almost a keeper for that reason alone!
The only Media Center glitch I have found so far is that I can’t install the MSN Remote Programming tool – it tells me some installer failed to finish, and it’s unable to continue).Ã‚Â I’m sure that’ll be worked out shortly.
ALL of my hardware was detected with one exception – my sound card (Realtec AC ’97).Ã‚Â I received a few pop-ups warning me that my drivers were not Vista compliant – but the sound does work.Ã‚Â Luckily there is a “never show this again” checkbox on the dialog – so I don’t see it anymore).
Aero works great, the “Switch between windows” icon is located on the Quick Launch bar (and is pretty cool, especially when you are running 3 monitors and have 45 documents/applications open).
Oh – and speaking of displays – I couldn’t get my external displays to set up properly in the last build – now they all work great.
This build is also very fast – seems faster than XP except for shutting down – it seems to take forever to shut my computer down!
The “privileged users” dialogs are still annoying, but there seems to be less of them – or maybe the system is just so much more responsive now that they don’t bother me as much.
The install was simple – took about an hour (didn’t recognize my previous installation and forced me to do a full new install, but that’s ok – I expect that out of beta operating systems).
Basically this release seems to be fast enough, stable enough, and polished enough that I am going to start using it as my default OS – and there is NO WAY I would have considered that a month ago.
Microsoft – congrats — I didn’t think you could do it, but you’ve made amazing progress in a month!
And Robert Scoble – look at the new release – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
(For those of you stopping by for the first time – I don’t think this post is one of my more interesting ones, so feel free to look around.Ã‚Â This post on what I think “Web 2.0” is really about is pretty interesting (at least it was to me!)