Title says it all. I’ve been using Windows 8 for a week or so at work on my main desktop now. It’s running the English (United Kingdom) RTM build. Very nice for a major market like the UK to finally get it’s own regionalised build.
I’ve had my desktop hooked to my Microsoft Account to sync settings such as desktop background, profile picture and colour theme between my Acer Windows 8 tablet at home and my work PC, but I didn’t realise some of the other coolness until today.
I was getting fed up with the bulk of the Lenovo T410s; not because it’s a bad machine, but my in the office notebook is a Lenovo X220 which is a smaller form factor and works better for me, so I wanted one for home too. I installed Windows 8 on it and brought it home to replace the T410s. I already knew that it had synced the interface settings, but also something I didn’t expect – My wireless settings.
I came home and powered the laptop up ready to add the insanely long WPA2-AES key for my home wireless, but the laptop was already showing as connected to a network. Strange I thought as there are no unsecured networks in the are it could have automatically connected to, and low and behold, it was already connected to the home network. Wow!
What I have therefore found in installing and syncing my settings with four different Windows 8 machines now is that I actually have bugger all to do after the installation except for installing Office and adding my Microsoft Account email address and password. All the little settings and interface changes I would have spent an hour making on a Windows 7 machine are already there. Dare I say it, it just works.
Well I got my copy of Windows 7 RTM yesterday and I installed it during the evening.
The experience was really good.
I installed 64-bit Ultimate after toying between Ultimate and Enterprise, but I wanted to be able to play with Media Center.
Including the time to install a Dell BIOS update the whole process took less than an hour from a DVD Ã¢â‚¬â€œ More like 45mins.
If your remotely attached to the world of technology, you will know that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 went into gold build status (GA) jut over a week ago.
This week it’s the turn of Windows Mobile 6.5 to go gold.
I’ve been using Windows Mobile 6.5 for quite some time now and it’s great Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A serious improvement over Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 and a much welcome UI refresh and polished approach.
For anyone that’s interested, I use Miri’s WWE 6.5 ROM from here:
The most recent available 23017, and much to my dismay I have been unable to confirm if this is the gold build announced this week, however Miri recompiled the ROM on the 3rd of August so it is highly likely.
Things I’m looking forward to are seeing the Windows Marketplace as this has been missing from previous WM 6.5 builds, and to see if Live Mesh works properly (see my bug https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=481053).
As for the remainder of the week? Well lots of people on the blogosphere and the Internet have been posting about Windows 7 RTM and changes etc Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Some people have only just caught up 🙂
Me? I’m holding out for Friday when TechNet customers are going to be able to officially get their paws on the product (that’s me) so that I can rebuild to x64.
I’m sure I will blog about my experiences with the RTM build of Windows 7.
So it’s all official now, as Microsoft have confirmed 22nd October 2009 as the Release to Market date for both Windows 7 Client and Windows 7 Server (Windows Server 2008 R2).
If your thinking of a Vista deployment, I’d hold off. As if features like the new taskbar, touch support, new usability control features, Problem Steps Recorder, DirectAccess and more weren’t enough to tempt you.