Chris Holmes has been using Windows 7 for a while, reckons it's going to save Microsoft, worth a read.
"I was doing some thinking over the past few weeks and I came to a realization. Windows 7, with all of it’s improvements in performance, new features, and more streamlined development process, will actually save Microsoft and redeem them from the whole Vista crash. So I decided to write up WHY Windows 7 will tromp every previous Windows version and why we should pay close attention to it...."
UPDATE 2009-01-08: (Via Engadget) Steve Ballmer announced today at CES:
"Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it beginning January 9 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7."