Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

Jeremy Mashburn/Microsoft.Microsoft researchers show off their battery prototype.   A new Microsoft Research project could result in a laptop battery that lasts a lot longer, according to a company blog entry.  Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward: You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says that it needs it. Basically, that means that if you’re doing something like playing a game or watching a movie, your processor and your graphics card needs more electrical juice to make it run smoothly. Otherwise, if you’re just writing in Microsoft Word or messing around on Facebook, the processor draws power at a nice, even keel. To date, most of the focus in improving battery life has been…


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