Prepping for the Vista Effect

Arthur Cole

Much of the discussion surrounding Vista has centered around its impact on desktops and servers. So we were a little surprised that most of the Vista-related action at CES centered around laptops. But in reality, it makes a lot of sense. More processing power with less power consumption is the ideal win-win for the mobile set.


All indications are that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Vista looks like it will offer all sorts of devices a radical hardware makeover. Most firms are talking about the SideShow feature that will likely result in an additional display screen that you can use to check calendars and other apps without having to boot up the entire system.


Then there is the Better by Design consortium, led by AMD, which promises to deliver a range of performance-enhancing technologies and multitasking capabilities by leveraging the power of Vista with multicore technology.


All in all, it looks like it's going to be a busy year for PC vendors.

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