What better sign that Windows 7 is not a repeat of Windows Vista, as far as Microsoft is concerned, than Intel acknowledging a consistent level of excitement for the next iteration of the Windows client? Some of you might still remember the chip maker's reaction to Windows Vista, following the 2007 launch of the operating system. While AMD moved fast to embrace Vista, Intel shrugged off the operating system
in RTM phase, and then managed to dodge migrating its infrastructure when Vista Service Pack 1 was released, as well. As Windows 7 was released to manufacturing, Intel's position on the platform is a tad different compared to its precursor.
“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,” revealed Joakim Lialias
, Intel alliance manager for Microsoft.