I fooled around with it for a few hours last night. I can say this:
- it looks and behaves very much like the Mac version, if I remember correctly
- it imports rtf files properly (footnotes and all); I exported a ConnectedText topic to rtf and then imported it into Scrivener—worked like a charm
- I like the full-screen mode and the statistics feature
- it did not crash on me once during the three hours I fooled around with it
- it only seems to have an English spell checker—bummer
- its paragraph formatting is still very rudimentary
- the corkboard view does just as little in this version than it did on the Mac (but I am sure many people will like it)
- ConnectedText does everything I want out of a writing program. Scrivener does not do a thing more that I would really want, even it it looks pretty.
- The Research capabilities of Scrivener do not measure up to ConnectedText
I hope I am not unfair, because it is just a first beta. In any case, I might change my mind on it and consider it a worthy companion to ConnectedText, sort of like many people on the Mac work with a combo of DevonThink (or TinderBox) and Scrivener. I just don't see it at the moment!