Friday, February 13, 2009
Now that I finally have a few minutes, I figure I ought take the plunge and upgrade my laptop to Windows 7 beta. Everyone has been giving the beta pretty positive reviews, so I think it's safe enough to use as my full-time OS. Join me as I install Windows 7 for the first time and then jump in to see how the RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX look.
8:56 AM: Drive installed. Time for Windows 7 beta. I've got the Win 7 Beta DVD, so I'll pop that in and start the laptop.
9:00 AM: Nice new "Starting Windows" graphics in the installer, otherwise looks very much like Vista. Click through the wizard and installation begins.
9:05 AM: That was quick! My laptop is already restarting for the first time (as part of the install).
9:06 AM: "Completing installation..."
9:10 AM: Completing is finally done and the laptop is restarting again.
9:11 AM: Time to configure Windows. Standard stuff we've been doing since the early days of Windows. Time zone. Language. Computer name. Username. The only thing that stands out is the option to configure the new Windows Home Group (think simplified "domains" for home networks).
9:16 AM: And with that, we're running Windows 7! Impressive install time. About 15 minutes for a clean install from boot to live on the desktop. Now time to check out the RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX in IE8...
9:18 AM: Not so fast. "Windows has finished installing 6 updates. Restart now to finish installing." So much for eliminating restarts for Windows updates. Time for one more restart. Guess we'll have to wait for Windows 8 to eliminate these annoying restarts.
9:20 AM: Back to Windows. Now let's see how those RadControls work...
9:25 AM: Everything looks good, but then again, we've already seen the RadControls in IE on Vista for some time now. There are a few outstanding issues with IE8 (both on Vista and Win7) that we are working to fix for our Q1 release, but we will have 100% support by the time IE8 starts shipping. The Telerik Demos already work perfectly in IE8, though, thanks to use of the IE8 compatibility meta tag. Don't forget to add this meta tag to your sites if you're not ready to update your RadControls!
I'll be spending a lot more time in Windows 7 going forward, so stay tuned for many more updates regarding Telerik's support for Microsoft's latest and greatest OS. So far, everything is looking good and your Telerik applications are already largely ready for Win7 when it ships later this year.