As mentioned at WineHQ.org, Wine 1.1.44 offers up many new icons, support for 32-bit prefixes with 64-bit Wine, many additional msvcr80/90 functions, improvements to Bidi handling, more complete mmdevapi (Windows 7 audio) support, improved handling of MSI patches, many desktop menu fixes, optimizations in OLE storage, and various bug-fixes.
Overall this looks like another exciting Wine development release as they strive to implement more Windows functionality and eventually make it towards a Wine 1.2 release. In the near future we will be offering up a new set of Wine vs. Windows vs. Linux benchmarks, similar to this week's article (the first in a series) covering Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks. Next week we will also be tossing Mac OS X 10.6.3 into the mix.
As was recently brought up on the Wine-devel list, we will also be launching a Wine performance tracker in the near future similar to our Ubuntu Tracker and Linux Kernel Tracker that monitor the performance of the respective components on a daily basis and in a fully autonomous manner across multiple systems in our test farm.