The Improved Audio Features of Windows 7
Article by George Norman
On 17 Nov 2008
If late last month we featured an article which presented the new bits and pieces that could be found in Windows 7’s Media Center, it is now time to focus on the audio enhancements that this Windows-based operating system has to offer. With Windows 7, Microsoft plans to take pretty much every feature you’ve come accustomed with in Windows Vista and put it on steroids. This “make it better, make it superior” philosophy is used in the case of the operating system’s audio subsystems as well.

One of the first changes you will notice in Windows 7’s audio subsystems is the “improved device role detection”. According to Microsoft’s Principal SDE, Larry Osterman, this feature is employed with a simple role in mind: to provide multimedia applications with the knowledge of what audio device you chose to use. Other audio improvements that deserve mentioning are: stream switching, Bluetooth audio in-box, audio sampling auto-attenuation, and enhanced audio latency.


Regarding the enhanced audio latency we mentioned above, Microsoft plans to achieve this by doing a little tweak work on the acoustic echoing cancellation algorithms. The auto-attenuation feature on the other hand will be resolved by means of focusing on just one audio sample at a time; the other audio samples will be left in the background with a reduced volume. Stream switching means that when the headphones are disconnected for some reason, the operating system will automatically redirect the audio stream to the speakers.

Bluetooth audio in-box refers to the fact that Windows 7 features default drivers for the Bluetooth devices that you may connect to your machine, and you will since the Bluetooth market is on the rise (more and more people buy these devices and employ them on their Windows-based system). This feature was a long time coming to Windows – numerous PC users complained that their Bluetooth speakers and headphones are not natively supported by the operating system.

Tags: Windows 7, Microsoft, Audio
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 29 May 2017
You’re an adult, and you can spend your money any way you want to. You could get any video game, even if it’s not on sale. You could splurge on a new Surface Pro, and you could even get a high-end Battlebox if you wanted to.
By George Norman on 29 May 2017
On its Ramadan web portal, search engine giant Google recommends 5 mobile apps that might come in handy if you're a Muslim and you're currently observing the holy month of fasting.
Related News
By George Norman on 06 Dec 2016
Bill Gates recently unveiled his 5 favorite books of 2016. If you want to read something over the holidays, or perhaps gift someone an interesting book, Microsoft’s co-founder has several recommendations for you.
By George Norman on 24 May 2017
We knew that Microsoft was about to release a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 device, but we weren't expecting them to pull an Apple move and call it "the new Surface Pro." What's wrong with Surface Pro 5?
By George Norman on 22 Mar 2017
Buying a new computer is no easy thing. It is a big investment and a big decision that you shouldn’t just rush into. That’s why you have to mull things over and ask yourself a few very important questions.
By George Norman on 26 May 2017
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has once again shared his summer reading list. If you’re like me and you never know what to read, then check out 5 great recommendations from none other than Bill Gates.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
The Improved Audio Features of Windows 7
HTML Linking Code