It is understandable that the bulk of this book describes features of the product.However it was my desire to read more of the voices of authors on their opinions and what they hear from the world at large after 2 years of working with Windows 7.
Writers express throughout the book the opinion of Microsoft Product Team but it will greatly add to the reputation of authors and Windows as a product if they voice the opposing views, if common experience does not match the Developers intentions or expectations.
For example, Windows 7 is promoting the concept of libraries, however to-date I do not see any benefit of using those. Let's take Picture Library: I still need to organize my files into folders when I am writing them to disk and in addition any specialized programs, such as Adobe Lightroom imposes its own organization tools. Placing photo files into a library just makes for an extra step for me.
I would like to hear from experts: am I missing something? Or is my experience typical among Windows 7 users.
The volume of this book is staggering 1300+ pages however, when you read it, it is not clear who is the target audience. If it is truly Intermediate/Advanced why do they need to devote 3 paragraphs to description of how to Empty Recycle Bin? Nothing has changed about this feature since Windows 95!
I really appreciate Amazon's liberal return policy and I do not hesitate to return books that do not meet my expectation. I plan to keep this book around, as I feel it does have valuable information to read and study.
I give this book solid 3 stars
Good: it is a comprehensive treatise on Windows 7 and, given time and effort anyone can learn some valuable lessons from this book.
Bad: It would be great if someone edited this book down to 650 pages so that learning, I mentioned above, would not take as much time and effort.