Microsoft has revealed some more details about its new operating system, detailing how the new version of the OS will boot a lot quicker.
On a highly-optimised system, including an SSD, Microsoft showed off Windows 8 booting within eight seconds, and while this is not representative of the majority of laptops and desktops out there, it does show a vast improvement over Windows 7.
Microsoft has achieved this thanks to a hybrid shutdown procedure similar to hibernation, although with Windows 8 it won't save your open apps, just the kernel session which the OS would otherwise have to build from scratch each time.
As always Microsoft has based its changes on research carried out to see exactly what people using Windows at the moment are doing. According to the survey, 57 per cent of desktop PC users and 45 per cent of laptop users shut down their machines rather than putting them to sleep – meaning they are starting from a cold state every time they used their computers.
Only 11 per cent of laptops and 1 per cent of desktop users use hibernate, which also uses zero power andis probably a better solution than shutting off the the computer completely.
“Qualitatively, people say they prefer to shut down because they want to have their PC completely “off” so that it uses no power – either to preserve battery life or to reduce their energy use. Hibernate is also a good option for this since it similarly has no power draw, and many people really like it,” Gabe Aul, a director of program management in Windows said in the blog post.
Microsoft says that few operations in Windows are “as scrutinized, measured, and picked apart as boot.”
At the outset, Microsoft said it wanted Windows 8 to have effectively zero watt power draw when off, a fresh session after boot, and very fast times between pressing the power button and being able to use the PC.
As you can see in the video below, Microsoft seems to have certainly achieved the final of one of its aims. However this demonstration should be taken with a pinch of salt considering it has obviously been carried out on a highly optomised laptop.
One feature which it seems Windows 8 won’t have is a Resume function seem on Mac OS X 10.7, whereby when you restart your PC or laptop, you go back to exactly where you left off with all the same windows, apps and browser tabs open.
As we reported yesterday, we expect to see a quad-core tablet from Samsung running Windows 8 at Microsoft BUILD conference in California next week, which should kick start a lot more interest in the new OS.
Source: Building Windows 8