OK, so being the IT guy that I am, I have been test-driving Windows Wista Beta 2 for the last week or so. In the end, I feel very sorry for anyone that is going to need to support end users on this thing.
While most of the functionality is the same as XP, they have changed the User Interface to a point of complete craziness. The Aero Glass interface is really pretty and all, but is completely confusing. There is no consistency between applications. Some (like IE7) have no menu bar, except for some icons in the right corner that magically turn in to menus if you click on them.
Other apps, like Windows Update, open in this hybrid explorer/control panel thing that is HIGHLY confusing. Yet others open in the classical sense with a menu bar and the like.
This is worse than going from XP to Mac OS X.
Add to that the Windows Security thing that halts everything on your computer to hit "OK, I really want to do that" when you try to perform the simplest tasks (open the recycle bin, for example), and it doesn't take long before you want to kill it.
At least is has all the obvious Mac ripoffs in the UI. I suppose when I go into my windows-stupidity-limit-reached catatonic state I can look at the pretty window close button.
There is one saving grace - it's pretty damn fast. I have it running on a Dual 3 GHz / 2 GB RAM machine, and it sizzles pretty well.
Anyone else had a chance to play with this yet?