Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Nov 2007 19:01 UTC, submitted by Research STaff
Benchmarks "'What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away'. Such has been the conventional wisdom surrounding the Windows/Intel duopoly since the early days of Windows 95. In practical terms, it means that performance advancements on the hardware side are quickly consumed by the ever-increasing complexity of the Windows/Office code base. Case in point: Microsoft Office 2007 which, when deployed on Windows Vista, consumes over 12x as much memory and nearly 3x as much processing power as the version that graced PCs just 7 short years ago (Office 2000). But despite years of real-world experience with both sides of the duopoly, few organizations have taken the time to directly quantify what my colleagues and I at Intel used to call 'The Great Moore's Law Compensator'. In fact, the hard numbers below represent what is perhaps the first ever attempt to accurately measure the evolution of the Windows/Office platform in terms of real-world hardware system requirements and resource consumption."
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Such is advancement
by astroraptor on Fri 16th Nov 2007 13:13 UTC
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You know, /everything's/ requirements has gone up substancially. Not just Microsoft's products. I mean, "The Great Moore's Law Compensator" has been the same for years and years now. Windows 95 ran like a pig on a 486 with 8MB RAM but that's what it was required to run it, just like how "stupid" Windows Vista requires 1GB of RAM to run, which is ungodly, just like how 8MB of RAM was ungodly in 1995. You know, some distros of Linux can run on far less than what Vista wants but really, the other big ones want just as much. These kind of articles get underneath my skin.

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