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[PC Mag] Microsoft's Mobile Speed Trap

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I know the article is a little old but it's still an interesting read none the less.

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Microsoft 's religious faith in Moore's Law has led it painfully astray twice in the past few years. One mistaken assumption damaged Vista . The other may make the company an also-ran in handhelds.

Here's how it works: Moore's Law says that with time, processors get both faster and cheaper. Processor cycles are cheap. Code software accordingly—for power rather than for efficiency.

That was how Microsoft programmed both Vista and Windows Mobile . Both OSs were designed to run decently on the processors of the day, but optimally on faster processors of the future. Microsoft made the dangerous assumption that PC and handheld manufacturers would keep choosing the fastest affordable chips. That's happened with desktop CPUs but not with handheld CPUs or graphics hardware. And with Vista relying so much on graphical "wow," even a fast CPU doesn't cut it when paired with slow graphics.

Microsoft thought it was safe with its near-monopoly position in desktop PCs. Intel keeps churning out faster desktop processors, and nVidia and AMD are following suit with faster graphics cards. But the faster components actually have to make it into mainstream PCs for Microsoft's strategy to work.
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They are slowly making mainstream. Just taking longer now.
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Originally Posted by Twinnuke View Post
They are slowly making mainstream. Just taking longer now.
Yeah just now...Vista has been out for over a year. Basically the point of the article was that Vista (and windows mobile) was written with higher end hardware in mind instead of more mainstream hardware that would've be found on the average PC at the time of release.
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