Tom's hardware has posted a 40-page review of Windows Vista Beta 2. After going through the whole review, I can honestly say that I was astonished to find that there's not one important thing that Vista has that Tiger doesn't have. In most cases, the equivalent feature in Tiger is better too. Another thing I was hoping for/expecting was an improvement of the Windows UI. I don't mean more eye-candy in the form of Aero, I mean a less-cluttered, more intuitive interface. Settings boxes are as complex and obtuse as ever, and the UI just seems filled with unnecessary stuff. The advanced settings box in IE7 is a perfect example. As for Aero itself, I'm unimpressed. The title bars are kind of translucent which is not my cup-of-tea (that's actually one thing I hate in Jaguar), but at least they're showy. Other than that, everything basically looks the same. The buttons and scrollbars are still plain and ugly. I've always particularly like OS X icons and the crappy icons in Windows are one area that stands out to me as a reason the Windows GUI is ugly. As I understand it, Vista does support large icons like OS X, but based on the screenshots in that review, there are still a lot of small, pixelated, non-anti-aliased, old-fashioned looking icons in the UI. Features in Vista that I noticed that are already in Tiger: Exposé (poorly done in Vista) Dashboard (Gadgets) FileVault (Bitlocker) 3D Chess Good IPv6 support The few things I saw that I do think are cool: Option to copy with a different name when copying a file to a destination with a file of the same name. Ability to set volume for individual applications in one place. Solitaire has been shined up. I realize that this review is still not complete. For one thing, there's no coverage of Vista's copy of Spotlight (or did that get removed?!?). Still it's the most thorough review I've personally read, and gives me a lot better feel for what Vista's really going to be like. I find the last part of the review funny: This thing hardly outshines Tiger and Leopard is really what it should be compared to anyway.