The Aero Glass interface in Windows Vista is pretty cool to look at, but it will suck your notebook battery dry faster than previous Windows operating systems. Understandably, consumers aren't happy with the decrease in battery life, and PC companies are scrambling to customize the default power management setting on Vista laptops. A recent article from CNET Networks' News.com discusses this dilemma in detail: "Vista draining laptop batteries, patience."
Here's a snippet from the article:
"Microsoft made some important changes in Vista that do improve some aspects of battery life, such as smarter hibernation modes that override applications that want to keep running, and simpler options for choosing a power management setting. But laptop users who spent extra money on powerful laptops to handle the graphics requirements of Vista and the Aero interface are forced to run the aesthetic equivalent of Vista Basic, the low-cost version of Vista, if they care about battery life."
Is it the responsibility of Microsoft to improve Windows Vista or the responsibility of PC companies to tweak the power management settings? According to a Microsoft statement, "We actively encourage (PC companies) to customize the default power profiles so that users get the most out of their hardware." However, IDC analyst Richard Shim believes that "Microsoft, for its part, will likely have to improve Vista's battery life performance over time through the release of service packs and other tweaks."
Who do you think is responsible for improving notebook batteries that run Windows Vista: Microsoft, PC companies that sell the hardware, or a combination of the two?
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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.