So, today was my first workday using Vista. I'm beginning to enjoy the new breadcrumb bar in Explorer—you're ten folders deep but wish you were only four; just click on the name of the parent folder in the list and you're taken there. There are several similar little niceties that I'm enjoying so far, and it's pretty. But, its betaness is really starting to show. The icons on my desktop refresh themselves with ridiculous frequency, and the pretty new windows start to bog down when you've got a lot of them open. It doesn't seem to be any better at staying fully responsive when the hard drive is grinding away than previous versions of Windows; I don't know if this is a flaw or just something you have to deal with with current PC hardware architecture. Then, of course, there's the fact that translucent title bars are just not a smart idea; Mac OS X had them, but Apple finally admitted that they were dumb and got rid of them (at least by default), and Apple's even more stubborn than Microsoft.
But, I have to step back and remind myself that it's beta 1. Windows XP wasn't too much better when it was in beta 1, and XP is a lot smaller change from 2000 than Vista is from XP. Still, I worry. I worry about a lot of things. I have high expectations.