Microsoft engineers are putting a number of new power management features into Windows 7 that are designed to help IT administrators reduce power consumption and cost while improving the user experience. Some of the new features also are designed to give IT professionals more control and flexibility over management of the energy-efficiency capabilities of Windows 7 OS systems. The new features build off of the more than 30 power management enhancements in Microsoft made in Windows Vista, according to officials.
is ramping up the power management capabilities in the upcoming Windows
7 operating system with features designed to make it easier for IT
administrators to help their companies save money while enhancing the user
Some of the features build on what Microsoft put into Windows Vista, while
others are new capabilities unique to Windows 7. However, all are aimed at
enabling businesses to reduce the amount of power they consume and pay for.
"[Energy management] has been a key criteria for customers,"
Francois Ajenstat, Microsoft's director of environmental sustainability, said
in an interview. "They want to save energy, they want to save the
environment and they want to reduce their carbon footprint."
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Microsoft has made sustainability a core component of the company, both in
how it conducts itself and in what it puts into the products, Ajenstat said.
The company solidified its approach in 2007 with the appointment of Rob Bernard
as its chief environmental strategist.
While much of the discussion about green IT in the industry has come from OEMs
and chip makers, particularly Intel
the operating system can carry a lot of the burden of energy
efficiency, Ajenstat said.
With Vista, Microsoft engineers put more than 30 new power management
features in place that were turned on by default, Ajenstat said. In a study,
the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, found that for
every PC with those Vista power management tools turned
on, users could save $50 per PC per year on energy costs, he said. Furthermore,
Continental Airlines is saving more than $2 million per year in energy costs by
using the power management tools, Ajenstat said.
"The hardware vendors have definitely had a loud voice in this
space," he said. "Our approach is a more ecosystem-centric approach."
Microsoft is working closely with its hardware partners to ensure that the
features in Windows
mesh with what the OEMs and chip makers are putting into their products,
said Jason Leznek, group project manager for Windows 7.
Currently in the release candidate phase, Windows 7 is due for general
availability in October.