Excerpt: Nearly three years after Windows Vista and eight years after Windows XP was first released Windows 7 is finally here. Some reviews are saying Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. Do we finally have a worthy successor to XP? The short answer... we think so.
Excerpt: Oh, Windows. You inform and entertain us. You are inescapable, and your Start menu is full of items relevant to our productivity. You move us. Sort of. To be honest, we’re not sure what sort of state this fair planet of ours would be in without the ruggedly functional operating systems the folks at Redmond have handed to us over the years, and while Windows Vista might have proved that Microsoft wasn’t invincible, it did nothing to demonstrate that Windows as an idea —...
Conclusion: Microsoft's new OS is a big improvement over Windows Vista, and because it's based on the same underlying kernel code there should be fewer compatibility headaches for those who make the switch. Add to that a retooled taskbar, simpler home networking, faster start-up, and more, and Windows 7 may succeed where Vista failed.
Pros: Smaller disk and memory footprint. Faster installation, startup, shutdown. Stable. Less intrusive. Taskbar icons more flexible. New home networking capabilities, including media streaming. Working with external hardware is easier. Multitouch support. Nice new eye candy.
Cons: Keeps the Registry and some other Windows baggage. Performance not a huge gain over Vista. A bit pricey for upgraders.
Conclusion: Web design app Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Web Professional costs than half the price of Dreamweaver CS6, yet it offers most of its features of its more muscular competitor, in a clearer, more efficient interface.
Pros: Efficient website editor with full support for current standards. Clear interface. Flexible preview functions help target pages to browsers.
Cons: Lacks Dreamweaver's built-in support for building for phones, tablets, and desktops.