SuperFetch, ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive: some new feature names for you

 Although feature names aren't the most exciting thing to talk about, I do like to get them right if I can (although I'm still getting my mind around the 2007 Microsoft Office System). 

Anyhow, we've just finalised the names of some Vista features - the three that form part of the performance-enhancing aspects. I've mentioned SuperFetch before and you may have come across features codenamed EMD and Piton.

Well they now have official names as follows:

Windows SuperFetch™ is a memory management innovation in Windows Vista that helps make your PC consistently responsive by tracking what applications are used most on a given machine and intelligently preloading these applications into memory.

Or in other words, your apps load faster.


Windows ReadyBoost™ (formerly code-named “EMD”) makes PCs running genuine Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB drive, SD Card, Compact Flash, or other memory form factor to boost system performance.  

Or in other words, if you plug in a USB memory stick your machine may run faster.


Windows ReadyDrive™ (formerly code-named “Piton”) enables Windows Vista PCs equipped with a hybrid hard drive to boot up faster, resume from hibernate in less time, and preserve battery power. Hybrid hard drives are a new type of hard disk, which integrate non-volatile flash memory with a traditional hard drive.

Or in other words, your machine may start up almost instantly.


So now you can impress friends and family at parties with phrases like "yeah, I'm getting a hybrid hard drive to make sure I can take advantage of Windows ReadyDrive - you know, the feature that was codenamed Piton". Oh yes.