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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: somewhat inaccurate
By JonnyBlaze on 5/15/2009 12:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
that doesn't mean they don't exist. im running w7 on a p4 3.0 northwood.

RE: somewhat inaccurate
By TomZ on 5/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: somewhat inaccurate
By joey2264 on 5/15/2009 1:30:24 PM , Rating: 5
The Atom has hyperthreading, so I guess I don't get the joke.

RE: somewhat inaccurate
By jonmcc33 on 5/15/2009 3:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
You can't use a smiley when indicating sarcasm. You need to use </sarcasm>

RE: somewhat inaccurate
By AwesomeSauce on 5/15/2009 4:47:32 PM , Rating: 4
But that sort of defeats the purpose of sarcasm.

RE: somewhat inaccurate
By jonmcc33 on 5/16/2009 9:56:13 AM , Rating: 1
It's better than people assuming that you have no clue what you are talking about because they completely missed the smiley. ;-)

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