Sure some smart ass read this title and was planning on telling me its not out yet. Think again !
A few weeks back I downloaded the Beta 2 from here…
But you need to get a key by registering with your net password thingy off the main MS site first.
Anyway’s although its beta, its extremely resource hungry and will rape any pc more than a few years old, and if a good clean install of xp uses 180-250mb of memory whilst just sitting there doing nothing…this thing uses about 800-900 I kid you not ! Did anyone say bad programming ?
Apart from that, its pretty, and the menu’s are sharp and cool, the media centre bit works well with tv tuner and stuff only issue I have is with sound drivers.
The wallpapers and visual styles are something else, deluded self involved mac fanatics will puke when they see the widgets and functionality and bearded linux users will shake their heads.
The main issue, its about half as fast as xp or slower. There are pauses and screen re-adjustments all over the place, the sidebards sap resources and the prompts and security popups will drive you nuts, but apart from that, I reckon its got promise.
BTW : anyone thinking of downloading it would best avoid the download manager. I tried about five times and even got to 80% when it came up with some crap like can’t handle size od download or something. I used the normal download bit in firefox and on my second attempt it downloaded the full 3.12 GB which at the speed it downloaded at 400kb/s did not take more than a few hours. But if you are dial up or ADSL / equiv speeds of less than 75kb/s it might take too long and possible crash during the dl. Its also going to eat up your bandwidth limit if you have one, so ordering the DVD is worth it.