Microsoft revealed that it's working on a major project with Reading University designed to highlight the energy savings that companies can realise by switching to its latest Windows 7 operating system. According to company, Win7 operates using about 30% less energy that its previous OS Windows XP – savings that when multiplied globally are likely to lead to significant cuts in carbon emissions.
"IT accounts for somewhere between three and five per cent of global carbon emissions and when you consider there're a billion Windows PCs around the world, we've ability to deliver substantial carbon savings," said Darren Strange, head of environmental sustainability at the company. "We're currently working on modelling the savings that Windows 7 can deliver with a team at Reading University." "An organisation will be able to say how many PCs or laptops they have in their estate and then work out how much energy and carbon they could save," he explained.