Linked by David Adams on Fri 27th Jun 2008 05:10 UTC, submitted by Ager Ignis
Windows For any given release of Windows, there are companies that choose to skip it. But when the company is Intel, it's a big deal. Intel's IT department "found no compelling case" for upgrading to Windows Vista.
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An operating system does not exist to chew many system resources itself, it exists to allow applications to run on it and use those resources. The main reason Vista uses the amount of resources that it does is because of the massive amount of code it has to run for every seemingly simple thing you do because of the Trusted(Treacherous) Computing Model that Vista was designed for. Everything you or any application does is scrutinized and prevented from doing things in a straight line in order to keep the machine safe for premium content that you may be trying to pirate.

There are various forms of encryption engines loaded and running at all times, this eats up ram and processor power needlessly the vast majority of the time, but they need to stay there because at any time you may access a website or run software that wants to show or play something for you it does not want you to record. This sounds really bad, but this is honestly what Vista is designed for. Microsoft calls this policy system Palladium. Look it up.

But to answer the second part of your question, you are getting very little in return honestly. The UI looks very nice, and they finally did a good job of memory management...of course GNU/Linux and Apple's OSX had already been doing it for years.

If you want to upgrade, think about what about your machine you want to upgrade, and look into that. Likely you just want a faster machine, and a processor upgrade or more ram may bee what you really need instead of new software.

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