Adventures With Windows 7 – Smarter UI, [Confusing] Symantec Beta License

In the first post in this series, I talked about the install process for the Windows 7 RC. That is not what users will experience, so it’s only of marginal interest, except insofar as it shows whether the stuff “works.” Windows passed that test just fine. This time out, I’m exploring the user interface to see what kinds of everyday improvements Microsoft has made. And puzzling over a 14-day license for Norton 360’s beta version. [The title of this post was updated on 6/7/09 – see last paragraph for content change.] Read more of this post

Adventures with Windows 7 – Installation of the RC

Microsoft made a Windows 7 release candidate (RC) available for download in May. RCs precede the ready to manufacture (RTM) stage, so there are still issues to fix and tweaks to be done. Microsoft has instrumented this version to phone home when users are online, and usage tracking gives them a chance to see interactions with the myriad of machines, options, and software environments that will occur in the wild. Read more of this post