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Even though it is widely known that Microsoft Corp. is preparing a major update for Windows 8 operating system that is code-named Windows Blue, it is barely known what advantages and improvements it will bring. An unofficial report claims that among other boosts, Windows Blue will bring longer battery life to laptops running Intel Corp.’s code-named Haswell microprocessors.

Intel has been talking about power efficiency of its forthcoming Core i-series 4000-family microprocessors for quite a long time. For example, Intel once promised 10-days of connected standby battery life for Haswell-based notebooks as well as many other enhancements. However, a lot of improvements come not only from hardware, but from software as well. According to a report from Cnet News.com that cites a source close to Microsoft, the software giant is developing a "power model" that can adapt to a range of mobile computers with different “performance output”. The new power model will be a part of the “Blue” update for Windows 8 due later this year.

“You'll be able to buy an ultrabook that's as wickedly fast as you can imagine, faster than an [Intel Core i 3000-series”] ‘Ivy Bridge’ PC. But with longer battery life. It will sleep longer [and] when you open the lid, your mail's going to already be in sync. So, you'll get the best of all of those worlds. And that's work that's coming in [Windows] Blue," said the source that deserved to remain anonymous.

Intel has said for a number of times that the Core i “Haswell” chips will bring numerous power consumption-related advances over existing offerings. Given the fact that the new central processing unit has been architected to be exceptionally energy-efficient from the very beginning, it is very likely that it will end-up being less power hungry than the Core i-series 3000-family “Ivy Bridge” offerings even under modern operating systems. Meanwhile, Windows Blue is supposed to make everything even better.

Many enterprise customers these days have not started their migration to Windows 8 operating system yet. Perhaps, Windows 8 with “Windows Blue” update package will make them change their minds with improved energy-efficiency, performance or even something else?

Microsoft and Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Blue, Intel, Haswell, Core, 22nm

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Microsoft should call the update Windows 8 Start Button Reloaded Edition.
6 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/22/13 09:50:02 PM]
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"Many enterprise customers these days have not started their migration to Windows 8 operating system"
... and they probably never will.
7 2 [Posted by: exodeus  | Date: 03/23/13 07:08:09 AM]
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This looks like the story of a flawed concept in design from the start from both companies.
1/ The software and
2/ The hardware.
Both have been rejected by the public. Now trying to tinker with either the software or the hardware is not going to fix a flawed concept. The sooner both acknowledge that both the concept and design of both components software and hardware are at fault and changing one without the other is going to end in tears. Better that one or both drop the flawed concept now before the costs escalate out of all reason. I don't foresee this happening as it would mean Prima Donna's in both organisations admitting that they were wrong. Wall St., falls in share prices would send a strong message., but would fall on deaf ears.
3 4 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 03/23/13 05:54:27 PM]
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Seemed to work out for Windows 7 after Windows Vista, which the public also "rejected" (though I fail to see how having 400 million users at one point really constitutes rejection!).
0 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 03/26/13 08:15:18 PM]
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Cnet writer is an effing Intel stooge. Xbit follows suit.

At least have the decency to include Cnet's end of article note:

"Editor's note: as indicated in the story, Windows Blue is expected to offer improvements to a wide variety of devices. Not only Haswell chip-based devices. Haswell will be a major beneficiary, though, because it is expected to ship in tens of millions of PCs."

HATE this s**t.
5 2 [Posted by: spigzone  | Date: 03/24/13 12:01:33 PM]
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You can complain to intelfanboys@cnet.com
3 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/24/13 02:18:10 PM]
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Thanks! Sent them a long bitter tirade, they said they'd 'get back to me'.
4 0 [Posted by: spigzone  | Date: 03/25/13 03:08:01 AM]
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i'll upgrade as soon as they give you 3 options to enable the start menu, remove metro and put aero glass on as an option. prob not going t0 happen so i'll be sticking with windows 7.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 03/24/13 04:00:19 PM]
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Hear ye, hear ye.
2 0 [Posted by: spigzone  | Date: 03/25/13 03:05:34 AM]
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You can always install http://forums.mydigitalli...-7-explorer-for-Windows-8 Although you need a Windows 7 disc.
0 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 03/26/13 03:11:17 AM]
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There are people naive enough to buy a Haswell powered laptop and Windoze 8, so you could convince these people the earth is flat, without much effort at all.
3 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 03/24/13 09:05:37 PM]
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Good to know WINTEL is alive and kicking, Cant wait for the day when AMD have the guts to go Android, if its not too late already.
1 0 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 03/25/13 01:11:02 PM]
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Android isn't really a big player. Everyone's going Linux where the party is at. Heck, even recently it was announced that Ubuntu Kylin will be the official OS of China. AMD already performs magnificently on Linux, but the same can be said for any processor architecture.
2 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 03/26/13 03:12:34 AM]
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"code-named Windows Blue" because MS is blue in the face that they have another Vista on their hands.
0 0 [Posted by: USAFANG67  | Date: 04/06/13 03:48:33 AM]
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