- Playing around with the new UI is just as addictive as it was on OSX when I first got a hold of my mum’s laptop, and leads to staying up late :(. I had a brief play with it with Beta 2, but it wasn’t stable enough to use full time… which leads to my next point.
- It’s stable so far, and the memory management has improved in leaps and bounds over Beta 2 – which was already noticably better than XP. Makes everything feel MUCH snappier in low memory situations, which makes the extra memory used by the UI irellevant. I have over 2gb allocated between ram and swap, but it’s running as fast as XP does with less than half that.
- I’m buying 3 or 4gb ram for my next machine. I only have 1gb right now, which is more than enough for regular use with all the pretty stuff turned on. Still evaluating game performance – just moved my swapfile to my secondary drive (same thing I do under XP) which should improve life.
Some games are already using 1gb though so 2gb is going to be a minimum next year which means I’m getting more because I hate shutting down email/web/itunes to play games.
- I can’t see any reason to pay for the ultimate edition. In fact if I decide to replace my main windows install (Vista is on a slow partition atm) I’ll be switching to the home premium mode to make sure I won’t miss any of the business features. I know I won’t miss any of the ultimate features, especially not when they include all the business features for no reason I can see.
The major issues I had with Beta 2 are gone, most importantly the vast reduction in UAC prompts. It’ll probably take me a little while to test the waters before I take the plunge completely, but damn I hope I can because I love this interface.