Translate to Fuzzy and Perfect Matches revival
Compared to Trados 2007 and the good old TagEditor and Workbench, Studio 2009 lost very important features which couldn't be implemented quick enough in the new environment. To me and for a lot of my colleagues, the greatest lost for translators was the Translate to Fuzzy function. Now it is back...
The most important feature for project managers and important customers and the reason why we didn't upgrade some of our projects to Studio 2009 was the Perfect Matches. They are back too...
The only reason you can invoke to postpone the migration of your Trados 2007 projects is: you do not have the time now!
2 brand new features kept also my attention:
Reviewing and learning effect
Pseudo-translation: better prepare your translation
OpenExchange developer, this is good news to improve automated workflows.
If you want to learn more about Studio 2011 and its new features, you can also take a look at the SDL Blog and Videos.
Time to migrate
I already told my conclusion to my IT colleagues at DSC: let's install Studio 2011, when it officially comes out, let us take the time to do it. We'll get this time investment back very soon. I'm not saying Studio 2011 is flawless. It will come out with old bugs which have not been seen yet and new bugs connected to the new features. It will also come out without possible improvements that translators ask for years but which couldn't be seriously programmed to satisfy the software performance and stability.
But indeed, that's exactly the most important fact (at least on my personal computer): Studio 2011 is more stable and is faster. As project manager, translator or reviewer, you have the opportunity to do your job quicker. Just take the time to learn your tool.