Now that Windows 7 is RTM we’re likely to see a lot of reviews between now and its release on October 22. One such review is already in; CNET took a look at Windows 7 Professional Edition.
Interesting that Professional was chosen, since the majority of Windows 7 users will get Home Premium. I suppose Microsoft wanted to stack the deck to get some early good press.
The review is exceptionally positive, with the overall rating being that of 4.5 stars (“Outstanding”):
Importantly, it won’t require the hardware upgrades that Vista demanded, partially because the hardware has caught up, and partially because Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows 7 accessible to as many people as possible.
One thing a bit odd is that the 42 (at the time of this writing) user reviews peg it at four stars. I say that’s odd because the official reviews are usually more critical than user reviews, not the other way around.
I’ve been using WIndows 7 for quite some time. I ran the beta for a couple months and now run the RC. It’s a decent OS, better than XP, and I’d give it 3.5 or 4 stars myself.
I suspect we’re going to see mostly very positive reviews of Windows 7, primarily because it got Vista right and, as mentioned above, the hardware can run it now. However, I wish the reviewers would aim higher; I guess when you’re desperate to get off of the 8-year-old XP Windows 7 is gonna look pretty good.