Microsoft To Investigate Battery Life Issues With Windows 7

Microsoft Inc., has said that the company has started investigating the cause of battery related issues that netbook owners experienced after they upgraded their devices to Windows 7 operating system from previous OSes.

Several netbook owners have complained that after upgrading their systems with the latest Microsoft operating system, their machines’ battery life started to decrease significantly (ed : we concur, having experienced the same thing).

In some cases, users have been confronted with a Windows warning claiming that “Consider replacing your battery. There is a problem with your battery, so your computer might shut down suddenly.”

Other users reported that the battery of their devices have completely useless after installing Microsoft’s blockbuster software.

Users have been complaining about the problem Microsoft’s TechNet blog ever since June 2009 when the Windows 7 Release Candidate was made available, but the company failed to acknowledge the problem until it became extremely hard to ignore their complaints.

Interestingly, at the launch of the OS, Microsoft had claimed that it was designed to enhance the battery life of netbooks.

According to the Redmond based software giant, its engineers are working along side hardware company’s to zero-in on the problem, which is likely to be related to system firmware (BIOS).

Our Comments

The battery issue is a major one and has been affecting Windows users since early last year. Microsoft needs to seriously improve battery life by working with the manufacturers. We wonder what is the average desktop power consumption across XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Related Links

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