How Windows 7 will, and won't, work better with SSDs

Microsoft cites 4 ways that Windows 7 will support solid-state drives better than XP or Vista does

Ironically, Microsoft has publicly backed NVMHCI's development as a potential future standard, but it is unwilling to commit yet to using NVMHCI.

"It's too early to say if NVMHCI will make it into Windows 7," said Jeff Price, senior director of Windows product management. "The availability of NVMHCI hardware is still nascent," he continued. As a result, "it's hard for us to design to."

Stephen Weinger, marketing manager for NAND flash memory products at Samsung, said he doesn't think NVMHLC "definitely needs to be in Windows 7."

But others like Glaskowsky say Microsoft may give up an opportunity to grab the technical lead in SSDs.

"There are opportunities for OSes to do so much more in terms of tuning files and applications for SSDs, but that can't be done over an ATA interface," Glaskowsky said.

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