Lemming-like, I downloaded the Windows 7 Beta this afternoon and installed it under VMWare Fusion to see how it compares to XP and Vista. I chose the 64-bit version since folks had said part of my problem with Vista was that I'd (foolishly) used the 32-bit version. My first impression is "Meh! It's Vista with a paint job and a tune-up!". I'd forgotten that Adobe Flash Player doesn't support 64-bit but, interestingly, whilst Windows 7 has 64-bit IE8, it won't let you set it as the default browser so you have to specifically choose the 64-bit version (which definitely seems to run faster than the 32-bit version of IE8). The first thing I tried to install was Google Chrome. "Aw snap!" says Chrome - it doesn't work on 64-bit Windows 7. [Update: see my comment below about --in-process-plugins] So I installed Adobe Flash Player in IE8 32-bit and then hit the Broadchoice web site and installed Workspace for Salesforce. With the Flash Player installed, the AIR + Workspace installation was smooth as expected and it runs well. I'll probably try installing Safari and Firefox next and see how those behave.
Safari behaves well. QuickTime is a bit choppy on the audio but that's probably to be expected in a VM. I should have mentioned that whilst I tried to run Vista with 768MB, I only gave Windows 7 512MB like my XP VM and it's still running "acceptably" which might be due to using the 64-bit version or the performance improvements Microsoft claim to have made.
January 10, 2009 · 7 Comments