Microsoft takes our commitment to the environment seriously. We’re continually working to reduce the impact of both our operations and our products on our planet. In 2008, we set a company goal to reduce our carbon emissions per unit of revenue by at least 30% by 2012. Steps we’ll take to achieve this include improving energy efficiency in our buildings and operations, reducing air travel and increasing our use of renewable energies like solar and hydropower. However, we believe we can have the greatest impact by helping our 1 billion customers become more energy efficient.
Energy efficiency was a guiding principle in the design of Windows 7. With Windows 7, we’ve made it easy for you to reduce your power use, save money and conserve battery life. Take a look at this guide and optimize your PC today.
For IT Pros, it’s easier than ever to manage power use in their business. For example, they can now deploy power management policies to automatically power off displays or put machines to sleep after a period of inactivity. Other power management features of Windows 7 include Idle Power Management, Active Power Management, new diagnostics and improved remote management.
We’ve also taken measures to reduce waste in our product packaging. If you go into a store and pick up a copy of Windows 7, the package you’re holding is 37% lighter than a Windows Vista package. This and other improvements, including different types of material and more environmentally-friendly ink, saw the Windows 7 package’s econometrics score jump by more than 50% over its Windows Vista counterpart.
Round 3 of the Windows Recession Sweepstakes is now open! Until 8:00am tomorrow (July 21), leave a comment and let us know if you’d like to hear more from us at the Windows Experience Blog about environmental issues and how you can use technology to do your part to help out the planet.
Remember to follow me, Brandon, Ben and the Windows Blog on Twitter to find out more and hear about future rounds of the sweepstakes. If you’re interested in Green IT issues, also don’t forget to follow Microsoft_Green to stay up to speed on Microsoft’s work.
Because the contest has been so popular, we’ve extended it until August 31. There will still only be ten contests total (this is the third). Full Terms & Conditions of the sweepstakes are here.
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Honestly, no, except as it specifically relates to Windows. Power management for your PC is within the scope of this blog. Not so sure about kindness to the planet. There are plenty of places to go for that information, and duplicating it here is unnecessary. In general, focusing on core competencies is the way to go. Give us Windows Experience!
would like to hear more on reducing the physical media and encouraging customers to download and install.. great deal of green stuff in this area
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It would be interesting to read but I think that should be a separate blog.
We would all like to hear how to help out. @KC7ISD
My biggest suggestion would be in the retail space. There is so much stuff that comes with products that just gets thrown away when the product comes in. At Microsoft that could be going strictly digital with downloads. I've seen this happening with new versions of Office which is nice. For products like smartphones you don't need to ship a product or instruction manual. People smart enough to use a smartphone (no pun intended) should be able to use a given link to get a downloadable version of the manuals. The less you actually ship in packaging the less will end up in landfills eventually.
No, no thank you.
You know how when you change your oil or tires and the business who provided the product or service will collect and safely recycle? Perhaps that'd be a good thing to do with computers, since they are outdated faster than either my oil or tires. Best Buy, WalMart, Microsoft, Apple, Ultimate Electronics, Circuit City (are those still around?), all those places should work together to safely recycle and reuse the landfill and harmful components of computers to not only be more green, but save future costs on future generations, and perhaps even streamline computer, and maybe electronic devices in general, production.
Like many others here, I'm not much of a "greenie", but I live in an area (Midwest) where energy costs are extremely cheap. That said, I manage a number of large customer networks with hundreds of PCs. Managing energy costs through power management policies for these customers may contribute to thousands of dollars saved ever year, which always helps me sell products and helps to contribute to a greener environment.
Always love hearing more.
Auto shut off to drive less power consumtion
Evvironmental is cool, maybe they could put a Microsolft Hohm app on window 7, that allows us to see info about our houses. The usage is cool, I started getting some of my stuff digitally through games for windows live, the windows 7 box is a good idea.
Yes I would love to hear from you and help out in this environment campaign. Everytime I see a tree being cut my heart pains in sorrow at how this leads to destroying the natural ecosystem of Mother Earth
I'd like to see how Microsoft is working to make future versions of Windows more power efficient and how they're working with hardware manufacturers to make their products more power efficient while extending battery life. Why can't Windows powered laptops have the battery life of a Mac?
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Yes. Environmental issues are critically important, and are widely ignored by those in power (government, corporations, and media). Your environmental commentary should, of course, be limited to tech contexts--but that leaves lots of room.
Of course, everybody would like to know more about saving energy and our planet!
Absolutely, I'd love any info on reducing energy usage and (of course) saving some money! After being unemployed for a year and now working as a temp, I'm all about pinching as many pennies as I can.
It would be great to hear about environmental issues and how you are planning on addressing them in future products (e.g. Windows 8, Windows Phone).
Sure, keep going. IT based polution is one of the upcoming problems in our world.
Environmental issues should be a consideration for all companies and the more windows can help the Earth the better! Keep the info coming :)
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I'm pretty into environmental issues, and I think it would be interesting to hear about how Microsoft is working to reduce it's environmental impact. However, not too many posts; maybe once every few months.
Also, I think solutions such as the Microsft Hohm product could prove to be very useful. I only wish they had more partners.
Of course I wanna hear more from windows experience blog about environmental issues plus i think i cam help out the planet using technology by employing some power efficient tools from computers to use on cars eg power off if the vehicle is idle for a few minutes.
i thing it would to hear more about environmental tech issues and if people would care about the environment that they would atleast put there computers to sleep and get a better computer that saves more power than an older on
I'd like to hear more. Especially if what I heard included eradicating the stupid, painful, and wasteful blister packs from everything you do. This would make me a very happy camper.
Now a full redesign of windows that is not a resource hog and can do the same thing on a low cost - low energy CPU, not needing tons of RAM and multi core CPU's for being a bit responsive.
Now *that* would save energy !!
I would love to learn new ways to use Microsoft Products to make my Computing, and teaching, more energy efficient! What are some of the environmental issues we are facing?
I'm down with environmentalism, but when it comes to tech I'm concerned with efficiency first and foremost with environmental sustainability as a positive externality. The power management policies for business is interesting though, it always bothers me that my office's computers are always on even when the building is empty, and even if we shut them off, they automatically restart by default.
Does Microsoft have a solution to the global e-waste issue which is the single most large problem affecting the environment due to the use of technological gadgets? There's the reburbished PC program but nearly every version of Windows requires a faster, more powerful processor so I *honestly* don't believe that's "green" by any stretch of the imagination. Each new version of Windows should always be designed to run on current hardware and require only marginally more computing power. The engineering of Windows needs to change so every version doesn't need a faster computer (Windows 7 is solid progress in this aspect as it has the same requirements as its precedessor, Vista but I believe that may not be the case again with Windows 8 unless MS surprises us with the system requirements ;). I'd like to hear more about green use of technology and your thoughts on this particularly.
P.S. I appreciate the other green efforts in your company btw.
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Gotta love ways to save money. More, please. :D
I'd like to hear more. I try to be as green as possible when it comes to transportation, and because I could be greener, I'm all about learning how technology can help the planet.
Well, I submitted my email when I signed on but my Twitter account is @BoulderBill - Help us become greener
Technology can be use to prevent a lot of disasters such as the BP oil slip, they can use this computer to simulate worst case scenarios, and helpping create methods to prevent and solve.
You betcha. It ain't easy being green, especially if one owns a computer. Anything that can be shared that would ameliorate the energy consumption of the computer and its toxic consequences upon disposal would be greatly appreciated.
Almost all the light bulbs in my home are spiral fluorescent; every scrap of paper, glass jars, recyclable plastics go to recycling; food scraps get composted; etc....Of course I'm interested environmental issues!
Thanks so much for the tips on saving energy on my computers:o)
I am already a regular reader of MSN Green (http://green.in.msn.com/), http://blogs.msdn.com/b/see/ and blog.microsoft-hohm.com/news.aspx. Given the massive resources and "energy" Microsoft puts into green use of technology, I think I am aware and well-versed with what needs to be done. The WIndows team blog is not the place for this topic. Mail: xpclient and domain is live.com.
For me a big concern are the viability of safely disposing of electronics without poisoning people.
Definitely. It would not hurt to know more if anything can be improved in our use of technology to save our planet. Every version of WIndows has always been more and more power efficient (it's amazing really given the new features continually packed into the product). It also amazes me how big companies like Microsoft use solar panels (which are very expensive) to power their campuses. Companies for example use video conferencing now-a-days to hold meetings instead of meeting in person. This not only saves the time and expense of traveling but also less air travel means less fuel used per person and less pollution.
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Why I'd love to hear, but it has to be something practical....
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Energy conservation is a good thought...Implementing is for a good action and Microsoft has already implemented....
The azure servers on north pole in order to reduce usage of refrigeration.
I am really excited on learning these facts and also the goal to 30% by 2012...CooL Rocking Microsoft GREEN !!
I believe I already use Windows' power saving features and my mobile devices' power saving features quite aggressively :-) so I'd like to hear what can be done to improve my use of technology. Btw a few things I'd really like to make sure the Windows 7 team takes notice of so they can possibly address them in the next release of Windows:
- Windows 7 does not show a Power icon or allow users to show one when he/she is using a desktop PC. I think that should change as even desktops may need switching power plans. Also, Windows 7 only shows 2 power plans, one of which, the Balanced plan is fixed. This is a gross misstep (all three or even more power plans should be shown) and no plan should be "pinned". I should be able to switch between "Power saver" plan and "High performance".
- USB devices like flash drives remain powered on in Windows 7 even after doing "Safely Remove". While this feature is by design I'm told to be useful for USB devices that require charging, it takes up laptop power unnecessarily for devices like flash drives and USB hard disks.
Hope my feedback goes somewhere.
Using Google Earth like technology, people can more easily spot effects of illegal activity on their land, such as illegal mines, poluting rivers, virgin forest being slashed and burned by illegal farming, and deforestation from prohibited logging.
Wanna know more. Keep blogging.
love the going green and who wouldn't want to hear MORE!
To be perfectly honest this is not the place where I want to read about those types of things regularly. I've got other RSS feeds for that kind of information. Now an entirely separate RSS feed entirely about Microsoft related "green" articles I would subscribe too. @baerwb
Absolutely. While technology has become a fundamental part of my life, it's important not to forget about taking care our planet and using new advancements in technology to do so.
Always interesting to see how you guys go green.
I personally am not interested in the whole 'green' movement, though I wouldn't mind reading more about it in the blog. I'm always open to learning about different things. Maybe I'll learn something I haven't heard before and I could change my mind.
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Green tech is always interesting to hear about
The Windows Experience Blog should certainly detail more about environmental issues. Every little bit helps.
I believe managing power is a great way to start conserving. It just doesn’t just help the environment but the pocket book as well.
Yes, please do - I want to be green, so anything to facilitate that (e.g., how-to posts on this blog) would be greatly appreciated. @interdigital
Captain Planet, thats funny dude. I think him & his group of eco-tards are rediculous. Honestly, short of nuking and doing a literal poison that makes all water undrinkable, the entire history of the human race has had less of an environmental impact than one day of the icelandic volcano.
Good job. Keep it up.
Honestly... No I wouldn't. I appreciate you having a separate twitter stream for green issues.
Yes in this day and age, being grren is not only important but should be ingrained into our daily activities. Trust being online, using computers etc is a huge part of our daily activities, so YES Microsoft send green tips our way!
Energy efficiency is good for the environment and good for my checkbook, so sure, I'd like to hear more about how Microsoft and Windows 7 help us do that!
Would love to hear more! I actually have checked out microsoft hohm already for their take on using technology for these purposes.
Current employer is tasking me with finding ways to reduce energy, so any ideas would be awesome!
I would love to learn more about what I can do to reduce energy use
Green efforts are always welcome. Not enough companies are pong attention to their environmental impact. It's nice to see that Microsoft is changing that.
Just like everything else, technology will also solve our waste issues.
I'd certainly love to hear more, I'm a total eco-nerd, so green technology is totally my cup of tea :D
As technicians, learning more about how we can use technology to help society and the planet is a great way for us to help the world be a better place. I'd like to see more about how we can use technology to help save the planet.
This is an important topic, and I think it is very important to make people think more about how to conserve our resources and to treat our planet with respect. Keep the articles coming!
We definitely need to use technology to help our ailing planet. Even small things that individuals can do, can add up to make a substantial difference!
Microsoft is doing a very good job to help the environment and promote how they are helping the environment as well. I work for a company that's top priority is greening the environment and you are one of the few that is doing it as well. Companies should follow in your footsteps and people will know that they are helping the environment by purchasing a Microsoft product.
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Personally i only really care to hear about energy saving windows features. Dont bring "enviromental issues" or global warming talk into the mix.
Power-saving is not just environmental, it is also good economical.
I would like to hear more about energy efficent divices i am not a huge "green" fan but it would be cool to hear about new things that could help save energy.
Definitely interested in learning more about conserving energy. Thanks for sharing the content. @denglishbi
I certainly would, although I must admit that I've been on 4chan too much to think of Captain Planet as innocently as Anthony Squeo apparently does.
yea im excited about anything that has to do with technology!
I definitely want to hear more about environmental issues! As the technology I use continues to reinvent itself in greener and more sustainable ways, I find that I use it more often to be more green myself - monitoring my household's energy consumption, finding new ways to recycle, and leading an overall greener life. Thanks for doing your part, Microsoft!
I'm curious to learn more about the data centers around the world that Microsoft has and how they are becoming greener!
1st I had not idea you were posting about being green, so I am happy I saw this on Facebook, I am a MS fan and hope you guys keep up the good work. It is interesting how much technology drives energy consumption, hopefully we can all continue to do out part.
Most definitely! @rpardee
please give us more information on this as this is very useful :)
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In the end, My PC wont help me be more environmentally friendly. unless you can make my laptop battery last more than an hour. changing software wont help at all. slight changes are not the answer, the only changes to any technology that will make a big enough impact are drastic changes. like sextuplet times the battery life, or electric cars then banning gas ones. oh sure, your package may be 37% lighter, but that doesn't equate to much, it's still plastic. why cant you use biodegradable cardboard like everyone else? stop thinking small.
Besides power savings, how does IT go green? Virtualization helps as does recycling gadgets, but the requirement of electricity and precious metals makes it hard to see how "green" IT can go. Your thoughts on the matter? Or is this simply a case of optimizing each piece so that the whole is better than the parts?
i like that microsoft i seeing a flaw and correcting it in order to become a better company, although i would like to see more creative solutions like using solar panels on your roofs in order to generate heat ...etc
I want to hear about how to make an easier way to remotely turn computers on&off. Wake on LAN/WAN is so hard to use and setup, especially when you don't have a complete control over every network you use. Well, it's hard even if you do. Please make something that any average person can use.
I would love to hear how i can use technologies to check my energy usage over a period of time.
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Environmental responsibility is important to us. It'd be very helpful to hear what we can do to participate with technology.
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personally i would love to see more on green tech, did you consider making a separate blog just about that?
i have been researching the use of solar and wind power alternatives in my area i would love to hear more about this
Integrating tech talk with environmental talk sounds good to me, especially if you can pass along tech tips that help boost energy efficiency ...
sure knowing more to help the world is great, not only me but I think the whole world should know what you guys are doing to change the world into a cleaner invironment.
I am really interested in hearing more on environmental problems caused due to technology and improve it in a great way...It would be really nice if the technology that we have can be made more environment frendly ...for eaxmaple..a monitor of comp switches of if user moves out n stores this energy for later use...
Green packaging doesn't really turn my crank. What I want to here is the ways Windows7 is able to conserve energy.
I'd love to hear more - - I'm especially looking to lower energy costs, as well as doing what I can to "go green".