he he, i must admit i prefer the dev/alpha/beta's due to knowing some of the bugs have been fixed, including ones i report. but i rarely use these builds for the new features.
it's a gamble though, there's a 50/50 chance some tools or ui elements will be broken with each build, the last bug i reported involved blender not launching to the exact size of windows 7 desktops, which took them a couple of weeks to fix, during which time i stuck with a previous version.
and thankfully campbell is looking into these bugs, they might already of fixed them, as apparently the latest linux version doesn't have them.
i get the impression the win os versions are ports? it doesn't seem like they test on that platform as much as the do mac and linux?