It has been 3 weeks since I got Windows 7 up and running.
Over the last week I have been using it, more or less, for all my production use.
I have to say, ungrudgingly, that I am impressed. It has exceeded my expectations (but, I will confess, my expectations were quite low).
From a reliability standpoint it has been good. Most of the problems I have had have been due to System Mechanic 9.0.x — but I still persevere with System Mechanic, though leerily and very cautiously. I don’t let it do anything automatically and I am sparing in how often I let it fix the registry etc. I am just hoping that iolo is working 24×7 to fix all their Windows 7 issues.
I still jump back on to my XP machine to use FrontPage 2003. SharePoint Designer 2007 that I have, for free, gratis from Microsoft, on my Windows 7 machine works and works fine. But, I have started to discover nuances between the two that ensure that I, for one, cannot really transition that smoothly from FrontPage 2007 to SharePoint Designer. The two things that bother me the most have to do with Layout Table Cells and CSS (that is Cascading Style Sheets).
SharePoint Designer 2007 sure does support Layout Tables à la FrontPage 2007. But, it DOES NOT have the FP ‘Cell Formatting’ Task Pane for Layout Table Cells. I use Layout Tables for everything. Not having that Task Pane just makes it more tedious for me.
Yes, I know that CSS is said to be so superior to plain old, boring HTML. But, what I like about HTML is that it does give you pin-point control. FrontPage 2003 only generates ‘old’ HTML. SharePoint Designer 2007 only generates CSS. That is a PROBLEM. Simple things like FONT SIZES. Yes, I guess I could go in there and change some of this by hand … LIKE I sometimes have to do with BLOG postings here and on TypePad (both of which use CSS). But I don’t have the time. From what I can also see, CSS doesn’t support layout tables as well as old HTML! From what I can see table formatting gets distorted a bit. Well, I can’ have that.
I did this Web site, for a local equestrian center (that my middle daughter goes to), over the last few days. I started with SharePoint Designer. But, realized that it would take too long because of the cells and CSS. So I jumped on the XP machine and cranked it out on FrontPage 2003. I made some changes using SharePoint Designer, when I happened to be seated in front of the Windows 7 machine.
I am also getting used to Office 2007. I still expect it to crash at any minute, but it has done OK.
But, as of right now, I have to give a big THUMBS UP to Windows 7.