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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 mindless1 on 5/16/2009 1:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
You cannot have two separate threads using the same data space, each depends on the freshness of data that isn't concurrently being altered.

RE: Really HT?
By pcfxer on 5/16/2009 2:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you can have two threads running WITHIN the same data space, in fact, that is the DEFINITION of multi-THREADING. A process forks off a thread or, threads, and each thread exists within the same process space.

Multi-PROCESSING is different, because each PROCESS gets its own memory space, but each process that is forked takes a copy of the memory space of the parent process and runs with it. Secondly, your argument is nullified by the fact that the article has nothing to do with IPC and simply refers to the logic that the kernel's schedule may use when hyper-threading is enabled.

This entire argument should have been ended when the Intel API for hyper threading was posted, but I suppose everyone else doesn't understand the barrier between software and hardware.

And no, SOFTWARE doesn't give a DAM about what the hardware is. Tell me this if it does, why can't I assign data to my hard drive when I request for space in memory (malloc())?

RE: Really HT?
By MrPoletski on 5/17/2009 7:14:46 AM , Rating: 1
Hmm... because your OS knows damn well there is far too much virtual mammory on your hard disk already?;)

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