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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 TomZ on 5/15/2009 12:59:17 PM , Rating: 0
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I hate to think that MS is purposely and openly catering to PCs with Intel CPUs.
I think it is fine that Microsoft invests additional resources to Intel processors since they make up around 80% of the market.

By your argument, Microsoft would need to support all other non-x86 processors, since otherwise it is unfair to all those other processor makers.
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If not, I see anti-trust in the future.
Maybe if Intel paid Microsoft to optimize the code for Intel processors at the expense of performance when running AMD. But if Microsoft decided to do additional optimizations for Intel processors, I doubt Intel could be held liable in any case.


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