Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Feb 2010 23:55 UTC
Windows The past few weeks or so, there's been a lot of interest in a supposed battery status report bug in Windows 7. After installing Windows 7, some users reported seeing "consider replacing your battery"-warnings in systems that appeared to be operating just fine on Windows XP or Vista. After extensive research, Steven Sinofsky has now explained on the Engineering 7 blog that the fault is not with Windows 7 - it really, really is your battery.
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RE: Batteries *sigh*
by WereCatf on Tue 9th Feb 2010 01:31 UTC in reply to "Batteries *sigh*"
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So tiresome to see your laptop's battery life slowly degrade over the years. And all of these "breakthroughs in battery technology" that keep popping up in the news never seem to amount to anything. Laptops are still using Li-ion batteries, right?

Well, there has been lots of significant breakthroughs yes, like the Li-air technology which would both provide longer battery life AND longer discharge time. But you have to remember that even though they've found a way to do such things it takes several years to find a commercially viable way of producing the same effect. In the case of Li-air they have huge hurdles in front of them due to having to find a way to mass-produce the components needed and how to do it cheap.

I'd say that just hang in there; with all the advancements in battery life during the last year it should take 5-10 years before the new technology is finally mass-produced and brought to general populace. But when they finally arrive we'll all be happier.

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