Vista eats up battery power

By Derek Sooman on June 3, 2006, 3:45 PM
Vista, the next version of Windows, promises some pretty snazzy features, one of which is its Aero interface. This interface has advanced Aero Glass effects, which furnish your desktop with translucent windows and animated transitions that really do look great. Aero also offers users the ability to move between windows and documents by selecting from miniature versions. But all of this will come at a cost to the mobile user; it appears that Vista eats battery power alive.

"The Windows Vista Aero theme and components which implement it can use more resources than previous versions of the operating system," Microsoft product manager Mike Burk said in a statement.
Microsoft claims that the current version of Vista delivers less battery life than Windows XP, at a time where we are increasingly demanding longer battery life in our mobile computers. Just when hardware manufacturers were promising notebooks with longer battery life, now we seem to be moving back a step with a more power hungry OS. Microsoft has, of course, promised to deal with this before Vista ships. They claim to be working with PC makers to ensure that systems are better able to handle the new OS.

"As a result, the impact on battery life is small," Burk said.

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nathanskywalker said:
[quote] Vista eats up battery power[/quote]Yes, granted. How much is the question? Whether or not you like the pretty memory waster of an operating system (personally i do), this is one downside tht just cannot be ignored......unless you want to carry a car battery everywhere you go ;)
DragonMaster said:
[quote]it appears that Vista eats battery power alive.[/quote]Sure! What do you think? And everyone's going to have a bigger electricity bills coming with that. Don't they want to add monthly costs for some online services also? Do you think that M$ matters about this? The only imprtant thing for them is the dollar sign, nothing else.
canadian said:
They better have a mobile mode, that just flat out disables a bunch of these power-hungry effects.
Julio said:
I guess the good news is that this is being dealt with on time, so it's too early to complain. Then of course, MS better fix this somehow before Vista ships, hopefully without disabling any (or little) of the eye candy.
Phantasm66 said:
When Vista comes out I plan to buy a laptop (probably Dell) that comes with it. I am sure it will be solved by then.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]I am sure it will be solved by then.[/quote]On the hardware side? ;) (Bigger batteries)They better fix it before release. (They've got lots of time to do it.)
kangaruffian said:
Backbag of batteries! They says its a hardware problem not our software
nic said:
Well if you want 3D accelerated desktop using the GPU then off course battery life will suffer. You can opt to have Aero switched off, so the mobile users do have a choice.
Julio said:
Agreed Nic. We couldn't expect otherwise if suddenly the GPU will be processing a true 3D desktop, however there still should be room for improvement from the beta, hopefully with optimizations so the hit will be minimum.
eko said:
Of course they care not of your confort, but only of their money.., What do you think they are, Open Source ;) ?!
atk spade said:
I already use two for my new laptop. I get about 1 1/2 hour each, and i need more for classes
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