I've only used Windows 7 for a short time, but it's time to share some first impressions.
The desktop has gotten a facelift from Windows Vista. Overall, it seems eerily similar to KDE 4 on Linux, except for the obvious stuff like the clock and the specific window decorations (the red "X", etc.) I think it's fair to call the Windows 7 GUI a clone of KDE 4, especially since KDE 4.0 was released 11 January 2008 (KDE 4.0 Alpha1 was released 11 May 2007) and Windows 7 launched on 22 October 2009.
Don't believe me? Let's compare:
Or maybe I should say, Windows isn't that different from Linux.
Aside from the GUI, the Library concept is a bit confusing. It's a deviation from previous versions of Windows, where there were definite locations to save your data. Now with the "Library", that's changed. I'll have to re-train myself to use the "Library".
Something I noticed last night when I went to shut down the laptop - there doesn't appear to be a simple way to quickly shut down the system without installing a bunch of patches. I've discussed before that Windows wants to force users to install updates as they shut down. (In contrast to Linux, which lets you install updates any time you like, and you can keep using your system during and after installing patches.)
In theory, it's a good idea. You're shutting down your PC, probably going home (or to bed, if it's a home PC) and that means you won't need the computer for a while. So letting Windows Update install a bunch of patches would be a good idea, right?
Except we live in an age filled with laptops. And when I shut down my system to go home, I take the laptop with me - or risk having it stolen or lost. That means I need to be able to quickly shut down the system.
In Windows 7, if you click the "Windows" icon, there isn't an item in the menu to just shut down. Instead, the "shut down" link has a little "shield" icon on it, and if you hover over that you get the message "Installs updates and then shuts down your computer."
Last night, I left the office a bit late, around 6:30PM. I didn't want to wait for Windows to install a bunch of updates - I needed to leave immediately. In the end, I had to log out, then shut down the system from the login screen. Not exactly "easy".