A few days ago I was surprised when I received an e-mail from Josh Bancroft indicating that I had been quoted by Paul McDougall over at InformationWeek regarding the stability of the new Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
While I do believe that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are very stable operating systems I would like to add to the article written by Paul McDougall. In evaluating the stability of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems, I compared them to previous beta operating systems and not to systems that had achieved the RTM (release to manufacturing) milestone.
It may seem obvious to some although I wanted to to remind you that these are beta operating systems. In many cases the device drivers used by Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will also be beta releases. What this means is that some beta testers will have an excellent experience using these systems while others may experience issues related to the quality of the device drivers installed by Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation DVD or those downloaded by the individual beta tester. In some cases Windows Vista device drivers can be used although these drivers were not certified upon Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
In writing this blog post I am not taking steps to distance myself from the InformationWeek article, although I can see how someone might imagine that is what I am attempting to do. I am merely qualifying the level of stability against previous beta operating systems. If you understand the operating system and device drivers have achieved the beta milestone and have not been released to manufacturing then I would encourage you to download either the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 betas and check them out. If our IT department allowed I really would use them on my corporate laptop but until then I'll just use them on less critical machines.
Josh, thanks for forwarding this to me and it was a definate surprise especially the Intel Expert part.
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