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Brandon LeBlanc: Today, we are kicking off a brand new blog - Windows Partner Blog. Here, many of our awesome partners will have a chance to do guest blogs to talk about their products and Windows. We wanted to kick this blog page off with a guest blog from Intel, which I’ve posted below. Please continue to check back here for more guest blogs from partners in the coming days!
Intel and Microsoft have a relationship that spans more than 20 years. Our collaboration today is in full swing across many fronts, but today is a day where we are very excited to see the RTM of Windows 7. Intel began working with Microsoft at the very beginning of the Windows 7 development process. In that process, we saw unique opportunities to optimize Windows 7 for Intel processor technology, to deliver PCs that are more powerful and easier to use. Our technical collaboration focused on multiple areas, including performance and responsiveness; energy efficiency/power management/battery life; and graphics and multi-media.
Just to elaborate on better performance and responsiveness. Working with Intel, Microsoft implemented a new feature called SMT parking, which provided additional support for the Windows 7 scheduler for Intel Hyper-threading Technology, enabling better performance on hyper-threaded, multi-core Intel processors. This will help users get the maximum benefit from multi-tasking. Also, Intel and Microsoft jointly analyzed the boot/shutdown/sleep/resume times on Intel platforms during the development of Windows 7 to identify opportunities to optimize Intel drivers and BIOS as well as Windows 7. Our mutual goal was to provide the most responsive compute experience possible. Another key part of the performance and responsiveness was our collaboration to optimize Intel Solid State Drive technology for Windows 7.
Again, this is just one example of many areas where we have collaborated to provide users with the best Windows 7 experience on Intel processor-based clients. Microsoft is a key collaboration partner to deliver innovations in hardware and software to help provide new technology experiences and take advantage of the many new PC usage models.
Joakim Lialias Intel Alliance Manager for Microsoft
Im running Windows 7 on a refurbed intel motherboard...GEBV2 with a 2.6Ghz P4 CPU...it works great, has done since I built this machine 6 years ago.
Cant fault you guys, Intel make reliable dependable hadware.
Its so reliable, it loses you bussiness...really...
Still my PC is showing its age, those old P4 cpus are power hungry like a hair dryer...even if they are reliable and reasonably fast... it would be nice to have a modern speedy Core 2 duo based machine...If I build or buy a new Windows 7 PC an Intel CPU will be high on my wish list.
Something that I'd like to see is 64-bit netbook processors being mainstream in time for Windows 8. It's time for x86 to die already.
Thanks Intel. Good luck upgrading from XP to 7.
Doesn't Windows XP and later already support SMT on supported processors? Can you elaborate more on SMT 'parking'? What does it achieve? What are its benefits?
Great idea about the partner blog which'll help me read more about partner products and technologies.
I have a feeling that that's pretty much everything you collaborated on with Microsoft, what with your focus shifting towards software in the form of Moblin, Chrome OS etc.