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Improved hardware and software compatibility one of the top three goals of Windows 7 development

Microsoft is working hard to make things better for the launch of Windows 7 following the lukewarm reception to Windows Vista. Vista was plagued with early hardware and software incompatibility issues that were one of the main reasons enterprise customers refused to migrate from XP.

Microsoft says that among the improvements in Windows 7 is better support for Hyper-Threading according to Microsoft's Bill Veghte. Veghte says that Microsoft has been working closely with Intel to beef up Windows 7’s support for Hyper-Threading. Hyper-Threading it a technique used by Intel to allow processing tasks to be divided among multiple cores on a processor.

Veghte said at the Microsoft TechEd conference, "The work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think we can deliver a great and better experience for you. We need to make sure the ecosystem is really, really ready."

Veghte is keen to get people to understand that Windows 7 won’t suffer from the same early problems Vista had that prevented the operating system from making headway in enterprise environments. He says that Windows 7 is "very, very close" to achieving full compatibility with virtually all hardware and software makers.

Microsoft currently expects to finish Windows 7 by mid-August and offer a final version to consumers and businesses by the holiday shopping season. That is a key target for Microsoft as a better operating system could woo consumers to buy new computers for the holidays. Better computer sales is certainly something that both Microsoft and computer makers need. Microsoft has admitted that Windows sales are down 16% in the most recent fiscal quarter.

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RE: Really HT?
By dagamer34 on 5/15/2009 12:19:57 PM , Rating: 5
Gimping performance on purpose on AMD chips is what would get Microsoft into trouble, not taking advantage of hardware that already exists.

RE: Really HT?
By mmntech on 5/15/2009 12:39:24 PM , Rating: 3
It's also worth noting that most Intel consumer CPUs on the market right now don't support hyper-threading. Just Pentium 4, Atom, and i7 but not Core 2. I think these enhancements are meant to cater to netbook users. Regardless, Windows was starting to get a little too bloated for its own good. At least they're finally trying to streamline it a bit.

RE: Really HT?
By aegisofrime on 5/15/2009 12:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
Add the Core i5 to the list. I think Microsoft is just preparing for the future. I personally see myself getting an Core i5 or i7 to replace my Q6600.

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