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On Wednesday, Microsoft released Windows 7 to manufacturing (RTM) which means that it has passed all of its validation checks and requirements and was signed off for release by Microsoft management. The RTM code will be delivered to our partners within the next few days who will then start preparing to deliver new products timed to hit at General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 on October 22nd.
As we mentioned in an earlier post on Power Management, we designed Windows 7 with a strong focus on reducing the overall power consumption of the operating system by investing in key areas of the platform including performance optimizations, idle resource utilization, device power management, and key end-user scenarios. Microsoft collaborated with partners in the IT industry and the Windows ecosystem, including PC manufacturers, other device manufacturers, and software vendors, to help ensure that their products are optimized for Windows 7 and can take advantage of the energy efficiency improvements in Windows 7. The result of this work should be dramatic improvements in energy efficiency for Windows 7 customers.
Windows 7 has been received with great enthusiasm and folks responsible for Green IT planning at their organizations will see great benefits to moving to the Windows 7, both in cost and carbon footprint reductions (including all of the other great benefits of the product of course). I encourage those who are considering upgrading to both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to take a look at the new Microsoft Assessment and Plan Toolkit.
As we get closer to the launch of Windows 7 will be focusing posts on some of the new features and ways to save energy. If you’re interested to learn more about the Windows 7 RTM, click here to read the Windows team blog.