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.

Advertising

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 28 Jul 2017
This visual tutorial will guide you through all the steps you need to take to redeem a game key on Steam, Vale’s immensely popular digital distribution platform for video games...
By George Norman on 26 Jul 2017
Top-notch real-time protection against viruses doesn’t have to cost money, not if you go with the recently introduced Kaspersky Free antivirus solution. It may not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it nicely covers all the basics and...
Related News
By George Norman on 19 Jun 2017
Don’t worry. I’m not going to rehash all those facts that everyone already knows about Bill Gates, like how he got arrested for driving without a license, that he is a college dropout, and that he plans to give most of his fortune to charity.
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 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 07 Jun 2017
Yes, I know that the global PC market is in a downwards spiral for its nth quarter and that mobile usage is on the rise. Still, I argue that a desktop PC is better than all the other alternatives.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
The Improved Audio Features of Windows 7
HTML Linking Code