Quote from: Notace on July 01, 2009, 04:39:15 PM
I'm sorry, but Release Candidate is not a shipped product. Microsoft can (and may) still change things under the bonnet. Until it is shrink wrapped and on the shelves, ready for us to hand over cash so we can own it, you use it at your own risk. Anyone who uses Win7 on a Production Machine is brave, at best (I didn't want to say stupid, as that may offend :o ).
So, like others, I think bagging IceTV for not fixing all the problems with this release is very unfair.
True - IceTV should be given a break. Having said that, I'm running Windows 7 on a number of machines, and it is more stable than Vista (even Vista SP2), as well as the stuff we all know like faster, and not a bucket of crap.
Microsoft aren't stupid; this whole "public release candidate" thing is viral marketing at its best. The RC is stable, the keys are free and last for a year (for now anyway) and everyone is saying it's what Vista should have been. So, if you consider that what they're doing is very cleverly getting all the bad feelings from Vista swept aside while also locking us in for when the product is released in October, then IceTV need to be ready for that and it is worth their time putting the effort in now.
I would also say IceTV need to be ready long before Win 7 gets released; it supports the broadcast EPG, and unless IceTV have their marketing and tools ready first then a lot of people will ask themselves what they are paying for!
On a final note, my employer (who happens to be Microsoft's biggest Australian partner) is going with live production trials for engineering employees very shortly, long before production Win 7 release. That says volumes for how "complete" the product is.