Microsoft unveiled at WinHEC that the next version of Windows will boost the performance of solid state drives:
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) held later this week, Microsoft will provide a briefing titled “Windows 7 Enhancements for Solid-State Drives”. According to Microsoft, PC systems that have solid-state drives “are shipping in increasing volumes”, which requires “Windows enhancements that take advantage of the latest updates to standardized command sets, such as ATA”, reports Cnet News.com web-site.
“It is pretty widely held that SSDs are unlikely to meet with much acceptance until Windows undergoes significant tuning to take advantage of all the speed that SSDs have to offer,” said Jim Handy, an analyst at Objective Analysis.
Reportedly, Microsoft will also talk about file system optimizations as well as think about the future of SSDs and their role in Windows.
“Windows 7 will be able to identify a SSD uniquely. Certain ATA commands will improve the speed that solid state drives write to disk,” according to Gregory Wong of Forward Insights.