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: Deserved or not, Microsoft had dug itself a cool, deep, dark hole with Windows Vista. Users demanding that Redmond extend the life of Windows XP wasn’t exactly something they could be proud of, either. Bombarded by complaints and negative press even after the first service pack was released, the bar had been set high for Vista’s successor: Windows 7. This review is based on an official copy of the Windows 7 RTM that Microsoft provided to CNET on July 30, 2009.
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.