The caveat being that MS may flub these before the final release.
- The application by application volume control, very nice.
- Removing Windows Update from its IE integration, about time!
- Calender/Contacts, much needed.
- Windows Explorer, I like the different views, I like the favorite links (stolen from OS X), I like the breadcrumbs, mostly pleasant.
- Included applications are nice; IE, WMP, Mail, Photo Gallery—very nice competitive applications, no longer second rate.
- Performance. Even the RC2 performs as fast as XP on the same hardware.
- Backward application compatibility. I am glad that I don’t need to replace Photoshop 7 or Dreamweaver 8.
- Standard type home folders, just like every other multi user computer on the planet.
- The way that MS managed to improve the user experience without breaking with tradition—no mean feat.
- Start button/menu no longer looks like it was meant to work on a computer designed by a clown.