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In 2006, Microsoft prematurely released Windows Vista into the world. The OS met strong criticism after being released with numerous software kinks and high hardware requirements which made it buggy for many older systems. Among laptop users, Windows Vista became infamous for sucking laptop battery power at an alarming rate.
Fast forward to 2009, Microsoft is looking to redeem its former operating system glory with the coming launch of Windows 7. In an effort to avoid a repeat of the Vista debacle, Microsoft has made claims of comprehensive testing and improved energy efficiency for the latest version of the Windows 7 operating system. By using a proprietary technique called coalescing Windows 7 is able to execute a number of regular tasks that require the CPU and allows a laptop to spend more time in low-power mode.
Initial testing of the Windows 7 battery life results have been good, but not great. According to testing performed by Microsoft, users should expect to see a 10 percent to 20 percent improvement in battery life when watching a DVD on Windows 7 instead of Vista. This adds an additional 10 – 20 minutes of movie watching on average.
What does this mean to the casual laptop owner?
If you decide to make the switch to Windows 7, expect to receive a few extra minutes of run time for your laptop. For most users the improved battery efficiency alone won’t warrant a purchase. But if you’re considering the purchase of Windows 7 for any of the other updates this enhancement will be a nice bonus.
Whether Microsoft is serious about energy efficiency or if this is mostly a public-relations move has yet to be seen. But by addressing Vistas’ blunders, Microsoft has at least shown they can learn from past mistakes. Windows 7 is available in stores October, 22nd 2009.
This article is a guest post by David Sterik. He is a fulltime blogger for Priority Electronics. You can contact him at david [dot] sterik [at] gmail [dot] com.
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