The company noted that the message is new to Windows 7, so folks upgrading from XP or Vista may be taken by surprise when they are told their battery is a paperweight. Of the 20 support inquires related to this message, all of them have turned out to be age-degraded batteries.
As for the sudden loss in battery life and wonky performance issues? "We recognize that this has the appearance of Windows 7 'causing' the change in performance, but in reality all Windows 7 did was report what was already the case," said Windows division president Steven Sinofsky in a blog post yesterday.
If you've experienced the alert first hand, did it disappear after replacing your battery?