Paul Thurrott has a very important article that discusses software that is and isn’t compatible with Vista Beta 2. For me the most important software that isn’t Vista compatible is Nero 7, but that hasn’t kept me from using Vista.
When I installed iTunes, as Paul mentioned, the iTunes icon in the Start Menu did not appear. That was pretty easy to fix because I just had to go to the shortcut’s properties and click “Change Icon”, after doing that I just browsed for the iTunes.exe file and selected it. Doing this restored the iTunes icon that did not appear after installation.
I think the only software that I use that he didn’t mention is Dreamweaver. I have been using Dreamweaver 8 for the last few days and I haven’t noticed any issues with it.
I am currently using Windows Vista Beta 2 as my primary desktop and I have to say that I am quite impressed. I have come across very few solutions that I haven’t been able to solve on my own, like the Nero 7 installation issue. I believe that Microsoft should have made this release available to the public because it has the stability and compatibility that people would expect from a Beta release.