Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Wed 28th Nov 2012 21:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

8 is miles faster than 7.


People keep claiming this, but I just am not seeing such. I have Windows 8 on my laptop and while it is faster to boot the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 boot times is about 2 seconds, and while running there is absolutely no difference in speeds whatsoever.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by zlynx on Wed 28th Nov 2012 21:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

I believe that there were some latency improvements in Win8. Things seem to happen more quickly after you click.

Some of that is related to the removal of the Aero effects.

All in all it gives an impression of more speed. I don't think things are actually faster. But making them seem faster is a worthy thing in its own right.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by lucas_maximus on Wed 28th Nov 2012 21:40 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

All in all it gives an impression of more speed. I don't think things are actually faster. But making them seem faster is a worthy thing in its own right.


Believe it or not, this is a lot of being a Front End Web developer.

I made out website load twice as quick ... do you know how I did that? I moved the JavaScript from the <head> to the just before the closing <body> tag. That isn't as easy as you think when you have many inline scripts that expect certain script ... cough cough jquery .. to exist in the <head>.

Everything took exactly the same amount of time to load as before for the most part (I did compress, combine and minify scripts, I got from 33 JS files to 13 ... still more optimisation to come ... but I didn't think it made a huge difference overall).

But it seemed faster because the page was displayed almost instantly. Next is ajax loading large images, and spriting the website CSS background images.

Perceived performance is almost as good as real performance in a lot of cases.

However I don't agree it is just the Aero effects, I am seeing less memory being used in Task manager generally ... but my finding are obviously anecdotal.

Edited 2012-11-28 21:42 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by WorknMan on Wed 28th Nov 2012 22:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

8 is miles faster than 7.

People keep claiming this, but I just am not seeing such. I have Windows 8 on my laptop and while it is faster to boot the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 boot times is about 2 seconds, and while running there is absolutely no difference in speeds whatsoever.


Same here, although it's definitely not any slower ;)

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