Tight integration between Intel processors and Microsoft operating systems has been a constant thread in the history and evolution of the PC. This linkage has been dubbed by some a virtuous circle, although not every iteration of the cycle has produced substantial end-user benefits. This time, though, the cycle indeed delivers key advantages: Nehalems are much more powerful than predecessors, and they provide, as we have seen, considerable energy savings when teamed up with an OS that leverages them effectively. Among Microsoft offerings, Windows 7 is the software that does this best.
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Andrew Binstock is senior contributing editor of the InfoWorld Test Center.