Microsoft and Intel are worked together to improve performance in Windows 7

Collaboration with Microsoft could allow the software giant’s upcoming Windows 7 OS to take advantage of multithreaded and multicore Intel chips for faster application performance, according to an Intel official.

Microsoft and Intel are working together to give Windows 7 the ability to better identify resources available and break up application processing over multiple chip cores and threads.

Observers have criticized Microsoft’s previous operating systems for not taking full advantage of multicore and multithreaded chips. Windows 7 will do a more intelligent job of allocating tasks across hardware resources, said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist with In-Stat.

A feature called SMT parking allows Windows 7 to take advantage of Intel hyperthreading technology for “better performance on hyperthreaded, multicore Intel processors.

This feature will help users break up tasks like video encoding and image filtering over multiple task-execution threads. Intel chips based on its new Nehalem architecture are capable of running two threads per core, and ultimately all of Intel’s laptop and desktop chips will be based on Nehalem.

Bill Gates is pleased to see the declaration of 2009 as the “Year of English and IT Service in Sri Lanka

Chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, BIll Gates was congratulated to Mahinda Rajapakshe,The President of the Sri Lanka for his leadership in declaring 2009 the Year of English and IT Services in Sri Lanka. And he is pleased to see those involved in the implementation of this very important initiative very success moving forward.

He said that “I was very excited to learn about plans for the year which have a clear focus on IT, because this initiative demonstrates that His Excellency, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his government recognize the extraordinary potential that information technology has to dramatically improve people’s lives in the country”

As he stated, Sri Lanka’s IT literacy rate has increased to 20% which represent a significant jump from 8% only a few years ago. English language speaking skills are also a crucial part of the foundation for future growth. Further speaking Bill stated that he and his company stands ready to fully support the initiative and Sri Lanka’s broader IT-objectives over the long term. The theme of the work Microsoft does in Sri Lanka is “Creating Employability”. To date, Microsoft has invested over 450 million repees in Sri Lanka towards these programs and plans similar investments over the coming years. They already have made Windows Vista Sinhala enabled, and they care currently localizing their Office suite for Sri Lanka.

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Add Command Prompt to right click menu in Windows Explorer

You can add “Open Command Window” to explorer right click by following these steps. Then you do not need to “cd” and traverse to the place where you need to go. You can simply right click and open the command prompt from that place.

Here is how to add Command Prompt to the right click menu on a folder in Windows Explorer. Create a text file, type in the following lines and save it as addprompt.reg.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@=”Open Command Prompt Here”

@=”cmd.exe /k cd %1″

Save this out and double click the file. Note this will modify the registry but we promise it is safe. Your anti-virus software might ask you to confirm the registry change and it is safe to allow it.

This adds Command Prompt to the Windows Explorer right click menu. Just right click on a folder, click “Open Command Prompt Here” and you will be at the command prompt in the selected folder. No need to type CD and the full path anymore.