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How to develop apps for ultra-long battery life on Ultrabooks

This sponsored post is brought to you by the Intel AppUp developer program.

Ultrabooks promise ultra-long battery life. To make good on that promise, though, developers need to learn how to use computing resources the right way.

For instance, naively-written apps will run continuously, whether or not there’s something for them to do. More efficient apps will make use of tools built in to the operating system to “sleep” when nothing is happening, and wake up only when there’s data for them to deal with.

Fortunately, Windows 7 includes many tools for developers to make their software more power-friendly. Using event-driven code, deploying timers intelligently, making use of Windows 7’s timer coalescing feature, and using Intel’s Quick Sync feature to process video more rapidly can all help extend battery life for people using your software.

In addition, Intel offers a Power Checker and Battery Analyzer app to help developers, and Microsoft’s Joulemeter can tell you how much battery power your application consumes.

To learn more about these apps, read Intel’s brief, helpful white paper on green code development.