First of all, they rewrote parts of the boot menu to make it look aesthetically pleasing. Now its 4 balls of light that come together to form the Windows logo. Nice, right?
Step 2: Start menu...rewritten?
Nope. Not as much as we can hope for... The start botton looks cool when you hover over it, but there is no technical advantage. Also, when you search for files, the menu expands into a rectangle-like shape. That's useful when you need to search for files with long names, but has good, aesthetic look to it. They didnt redo the shutdown, sleep, lock, and Hibernate buttons as much as i had hoped for. Oh well. Also, when you click all programs, it fades out and in comes the programs. I'd give microsoft a 7 out of 10 for pleasantness while browsing and such, but most of it is just graphics hogging. It's good i have 2 nvidia geforce 9800's with an SLI cable. You can also move the taskbar to the top or the sides! just right click, click properties, and change "Taskbar location on screen."
Step 3: Well, see anything yet?
You might have noticed a certain application on you desktop: Send Feedback. It is also located conveniently near the top right corner on all screens, because microsoft wants your data. Well, so far, there is no script to undo this, but ill be on it's tails.
Step 4: Well, the taskbar..its...changed.
They tried hard, and its finally getting easier for me to go around the pc with the new, big icons. You can right click on certain types of windows, and it will give you options. If you have different windows of the same application open at the same time, it will push them together. also, there is a bar at the wayyyyy right end of the bar. This allows you to show the background quickly, in case your boss is coming in the next second.
Bio:I live, breath, and eat computers. i have been involved ever since, and go to the macworld expo whenever it is held in san francisco. I will visit the wired store in new york when I take my class ther...read more »