Windows 7 to Make Your Ears Happy

According to Microsoft, a high number of PC users experience audio clicks and pops when listening to music or watching a movie. Microsoft calls these audio anomalies "glitches."

Microsoft's Windows 7 blog team wrote:

Audio is especially sensitive. In order for you to hear music from your speakers, data needs to be delivered to your audio hardware approximately every 10 milliseconds, or 30 times in the blink of an eye! The challenge is that your PC is usually doing a lot of other things at the same time you’re listening to music, such as streaming that YouTube video or downloading that new song, and many of these other tasks have complex timing requirements as well. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take much – a slow network driver or a graphics driver that requires plenty of CPU time – to prevent your audio from reaching your ears in a continuous fashion.

Microsoft's Windows 7 blog team says that with the final release of Windows 7, users will experience better audio quality across the board. Microsoft's research team is working with several major PC vendors to get down to the root of the audio glitch problem but the company indicated that more than 4.3-percent of people had 10 or more glitches during each computing session.

Users alone weren't the only indicating factor for this study. Microsoft showed that laptop users experienced more glitching than desktop users. In fact, the number of laptop users experiencing glitches doubled that of desktop users.

More interesting is the fact that certain brands of computer makers showed my glitched units than others. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not reveal the names of the manufacturers that it studied.

Microsoft is doing a lot of things to improve the user experience of Windows. From revamping the taskbar to tweaking sound performance, Windows 7 final is shaping up to be a good update to Windows Vista.

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  • @mrface

    Doesn't look like you do.
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  • BadKharmaCDNI HAVE USED BETA'S AND RC FOR BOTH VISTA AND WIN7. CURRENTLY I AM USING WIN7 ON 2 SOCKET 478 MACHINES. NIETHER OF THEM HAVE ANY SOUND ISSUES THAT I CAN RECALL AFTER CORRECT/CURRENT DRIVERS ARE ADDED.AS A SIDE NOTE ... I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM NOT VERY HAPPY WITH WIN7 EVEN AFTER TURNING OFF AS MANY OF THE UNNECESSARY BELLS , WHISTLES AND TRINKET APPS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO SEE OR USE.THE OS WORKS "OK" BUT IT IS STILL TOO SLOW FOR MY LIKEING AND HAS AN INTERFACE THAT IS TOO BUSY.

    Wow, thank you captain capslock.

    To quote a very powerful and educated man, "Seven sixteenths of one inch: That’s the distance you’d have to move your pinky in order to not sound like an idiot. I know the burden of pressing shift to capitalize is a great one, but c’mon, you can do better than that. I used to type emails in caps like yours, but then I decided that I didn’t want a job mixing concrete."
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  • mrfacedo you guys proofreaders or not?


    Is this intended to be ironic?

    But in response to the article, i'm impressed by all the little things MS is trying to do to make W7 that much more user friendly. Eventhough Vista wasn't as bad as people wish it was, and is great now after the SPs, they seemed to have learned a hard lesson from it.
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  • Just use AIMP.
    Awesome, lightweight, and no glitches even in 100% CPU load. Gone are the Winamp glitchy days for me.
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  • It is no secret that all the G50 and G71 line of ASUS notebook have a anoying poping noise!
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  • do you guys proofreaders or not?
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