This is a first for me... a post for help on software that officially hasn't been released. :)
2004 generally runs great but while switching views, the sound system craps out and I just get a high-pitched buzz that persists beyond the closing of 2004. In fact, it requires a reboot to restore sound for any app. 2004 is the only delta to my system and the issue has never popped up before. Brief specs: XP/ AMD 1900XP / 1GB RAM / GeForce 3 (face turning red) / Direct 9.0b. Any one else (esp the beta testers) experience this?
So far, my impression of 2004 is very favorable. My system no where near runs smoothly with the sliders maxed. although if I tame down the clouds, I can max everything else to get performance similar to 2002 -- even with my lame graphics card.
PS: For those in Silicon Valley, Fry's put 2004 on the shelf late this afternoon (at least in their Sunnyvale location.)