I own and really like my MacBook Pro 17" laptop / cooktop*. I have, for professional reasons, need to use Windows-only apps like MS Project and Visio. I use VMWare's Fusion product to install Win 7/64 on my Mac so I can run the two OS' concurrently without having to reboot... and so, because Apple OSX allows it, I allocate 1.8gb of ram for Win 7/64 and the remainder ( 2.2 gb) is use by OSX. After using older versions of the beta for several months and now RC1 I think that Microsoft finally got their shiit together. Win 7 is feature rich, stable, fast and easy to install. I have had virtually no significant problems with the OS and it recognizes all of my blue-tooth hardware and network devices. There is a sizable contingent of Mac users who use windows for professional reasons,like me, and the general consensus of opinion is a big thumbs up re: Win 7 RC1. As for the whole look and feel issues compared to OSX, well, RC1 is not there yet but is MUCH MUCH closer. So close, in fact, that I believe Apple is worried. They just announced their upgrade pricing to Snow Leopard OSX 10.6 for $30: almost a free upgrade. And Apple announced a decrease in price on many of their computers 2 months earlier than they usually do because of #1- the economy and #2 - the pending Win 7 juggernaut. My big complaint is Win 7's inability to address and utilize all the memory installed on the computer. The 3gb limit seems silly in the year 2009. Most of my friends who use macs have AT LEAST 4gb of ram and on the desktop 'pro' units have 8, 16 and even 32 gb of ram...all accessible by the OS. My other complaint is Not an OS issue but, rather, a browser issue: IE 8 is awful and slow compared to its competitors. I use Firefox on my Mac. It stuns me that Microsoft makes such great strides with the OS and belly flops on the browser. Very disappointing when compared to Firefox or Safari. Fortunately for you Windows only users, you can use Safari and Firefox as well. BTW, I also installed RC1 on my 3 year old Sony Vaio with 1gb of ram...again, easy to install, Fast and STABLE. I did a test to see how my graduate school, macophile daughter would like Win 7 and here is her response: "it was not very intuitive". I asked her why and she said 'In Word, it was not very obvious where many of the features are located ...such as 'save as'". I chuckled and told her I totally agreed with her and I said it was a stylistic flaw in MS Office 2007 on PCs and that many IT managers around the world shared her complaint. ...but it was not Win 7 flaw. She then went through several areas in the OS and said the OS was easy to get used to and the apps ran fast on it. So cudos to Microsoft re: Win 7. ============== * The 17" macbook pros run hot....real hot. So hot, in fact, that Apple doesn't market them as laptops but rather a notebook computer because, well...its too damned hot. So I have relabeled mine a cooktop because I think I can cook breakfast on it. If the CPU and the GPU are really working, the temp of the cooktop reaches over 140 deg on the outside of the case and 180 at the GPU and CPU inside and the dual fans are screaming.