Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Sep 2011 15:17 UTC
Windows More news on Windows 8. This time around, Gabe Aul, a director of program management in Windows, blogged about the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 8's boot process. The results are impressive - a boot time not much slower than waking from sleep on current Windows 7 and Mac OS X machines. This is, of course, a vital component of getting Windows NT ready for tablets.
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RE: ummm ... hibernate?
by Moochman on Sun 11th Sep 2011 16:21 UTC in reply to "ummm ... hibernate?"
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Exactly. And this gets at the primary issue with Windows 7 (and Windows Vista before it): regardless of how fast the OS is "in use", when you have to wait between 10 and 60 minutes for it to update itself every few days, when all you want to do is turn it on (or off) and start (stop) working, all that theoretical speed is negated from the end-user perspective. This is one of the reasons people love the iPad (and to a lesser extent, the Mac)--it's generally hassle-free, while updates are fast, easy, not forced down your throat while you're trying to work, and most important, few and far-between. Turning on/off a computer, starting the task you want to start, whatever it may be, should not be an ordeal, it should be instant, like an appliance, like a TV. As long as Microsoft fails to understand this, Windows will continue to lose market share to all manner of competitors, iOS and Android included.

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