Well, its almost upon us, just brinking on release.
Screenshots here and here. Its much prettier than Windows used to be… but they have, apparently, in their wisdom, left so much out of the basic system that we are used to, you have to go looking for things that were just right there, or at the end of a right mouse click…
And the pricing is going to be hideous… there are five variants: Basic, Business, Premium, Ultimate and of course Server. According to my friend John, the top of the range (Ultimate I guess) will be around $400US. He also tells me the minimum hardware configuration of 800Mhz, 512Mb and DirectX9 will only get you a really feature reduced version, with most of the GUI goodies falling by the wayside.
You need a minimum 800Mhz, 512MB and a DirectX 9 capable video card… but a heck of a lot of stuff gets disabled at lower speeds, like no translucent titlebars, etc… they have a special ‘crippled’ UI for low end systems. To have the standard “Premium” UI you need 1Ghz, 1GB, 128MB Video, and 15GB of drive space.
I guess there isnt anyone I know who will like this new Windows… it will look too Mac-like for them 🙂