(imported comment written by BenKus)
Adding some commentary from my personal point of view:
This was the longest release we have ever had (in terms of elapsed time and time spent developing and testing). A big part of the long release cycle was because we did a complete user-interface overhaul and we put a lot of work into trying to get this right (including customer tests, usability reviews, etc). Like when any application changes a big part of its interface, it takes a little while to get used to… When I first started using 8.0, I wasn’t sure if I liked the changes (because I had been using the old version for a long time), but I very quickly started to like the new version better. And at this point when I look at older versions of BigFix, they seem rather old and clunky.
Web Reports is also redesigned almost completely and hopefully you guys will be much happier with the new way that reports are built and displayed.
There are lots and lots of smaller changes that people requested (many from this forum) that we think you guys will like. Just to name a few: pre-caching download option, faster action propagation times, “recent changes” overviews, action script colorization, process exit code retrieval, and many more.
Also, we added a bunch of new capabilities to the agent, which means that some of our applications will improve (for instance, the agent can now track standby time, which will enhance Power Management) and they should also be useful for the Relevance pros out there.
I think it might be good to start up a separate thread for comments/questions on 8.0 rather than use this thread (these major update threads can get very long).
Hope everyone likes the changes,