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Windows 7: A New Era for the PC Gets a Little Bit Closer

28 Jul 2009   #1
z3r010

 
A New Era for the PC Gets a Little Bit Closer

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Time sure does fly, doesnít it? Seems like just yesterday I was blogging about the important milestone reached with the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC). Now I already find myself blogging about Microsoftís latest step forward to help improve the consumer experience on the PC with the Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM).

Even though I work for a technology company, I really do think of myself as a consumer. And in that sense, Iím just as interested in the user experience as anyone else contemplating a PC purchase. I donít buy a PC for the different individual technology pieces; I purchase based on what all the features allow me to do when they fit together.

Ultimately, our products donít mean anything if they arenít empowering the end user. And yes, that involves a lot of pieces, including the operating system.

Thatís why Iím excited about this milestone. Itís the kind of feeling you get when you know something really big is coming. And Iím pleased to report that weíre making major strides already.

AMD just announced the WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst (TM) 9.7 Unified Driver (you can download the ATI Catalyst driver here). This is a crucial piece of the puzzle designed to help you get the most out of your ATI Radeon (TM) graphics technology when running Windows 7. This, combined with the upcoming DirectXģ 11- (DX11) enabled ATI Radeon graphics cards, will help deliver something we like to call The Ultimate Visual Experience (TM).

One feature of AMDís DX11-enabled graphics cards that is designed to enhance Windows 7 in all new ways is the compute shader, which allows our ATI Stream technology to help enable what I was getting at before Ė that seamless user experience. This technology enables a wide number of Windows 7 applications to be sped up in a way thatís completely transparent to users. For example, it can accelerate the conversion of video for playback on portable media players through a simple drag-and-drop interface. Something that consumers everywhere are used to taking an hour can now happen in just a few minutes.

This leads me back to the importance of a complete PC experience: consumers donít want confusing downloads or complex requirements Ė they want everything to happen seamlessly. AMD has been working with Microsoft over the past six years to help make this happen. I have to say, itís all coming together with Windows 7.

With rich multimedia functionality, and the performance of multi-core and 64-bit microprocessor technology, combined with AMD superior graphics technology, we think the consumer is now empowered to do what they want with ease. Whether thatís watching movies gaming, or social networking Ė it all just works.

And, if youíre interested in looking at the virtualization features included in Windows 7, you should read ďA New Window on Client VirtualizationĒ by Matt Kimball.

Nigel Dessau
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD

His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMDís positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links sites and no endorsement is implied.


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28 Jul 2009   #2
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Saw this in my RSS Feeds this morning, interesting article thanks John I knew you'd probably post it here so I didn't bother this time
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28 Jul 2009   #3
DJG

 

One thing I always forget about that I hate about the ATI driver install is that they resize all your windows during the process. If I remember I close them rather than resize everything back again. I use extremely precise columns in Win Explorer . The other thing is, although they don't force you to reboot, SevenForums gets all blinkey , esp. when I rove the mouse around the message format buttons, until I re-open the browser.
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28 Jul 2009   #4
GatoSoft

@Home/Work: Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJG View Post
One thing I always forget about that I hate about the ATI driver install is that they resize all your windows during the process. If I remember I close them rather than resize everything back again. I use extremely precise columns in Win Explorer . The other thing is, although they don't force you to reboot, SevenForums gets all blinkey , esp. when I rove the mouse around the message format buttons, until I re-open the browser.
Maybe Mr. Dessau will also fix that issue with the driver in order to give us "The Ultimate Visual Experience".
Anyway, nice move from AMD.
Just let's wait what will nVIDIA say about this.
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28 Jul 2009   #5
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Well, as often happens, results may vary with driver updates, especially video drivers.

Check out one persons experience:

http://www.sevenforums.com/193668-post1204.html
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30 Jul 2009   #6
billdo

Windows 7 x64 rtm
 
 

This article is incredibly bias.I'm guessing this is a response to the article that mentioned Intel and Microsoft working together, and the benefits of using a Intel cpu with W7.

Now all we need is someone from Nvidia to chime in with claims of their close relationship with Microsoft.
This is all reminiscent of the grammar school days competing for best friend status.
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30 Jul 2009   #7
trbt123

xp
 
 
Blue ray DVD Ripper

Before start to convert files, you can trim video, crop video screen, adjust and dd effects, and create watermark to colorize your output file.
Convert file
After finishing the above settings, check the files needed to convert in the file list, and click Convert Checked Item(s) button at the right bottom to start converting the files. You can view the conversion progress from the progress bar at the bottom of the window.
http://www.blueraydvdripper.com
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30 Jul 2009   #8
billdo

Windows 7 x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trbt123 View Post
Before start to convert files, you can trim video, crop video screen, adjust and dd effects, and create watermark to colorize your output file.
Convert file
After finishing the above settings, check the files needed to convert in the file list, and click Convert Checked Item(s) button at the right bottom to start converting the files. You can view the conversion progress from the progress bar at the bottom of the window.
http://www.blueraydvdripper.com
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31 Jul 2009   #9
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billdo View Post
This article is incredibly bias...
You added 2 extra letters to bias.
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