Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:03 UTC
Windows "An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online. Build 9364 has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots show that the company is bringing smaller Live Tile arrangements to its Start Screen, along with greater control over the color personalization options. Other improvements include a number of new options in the Windows 8-style settings screen. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration and control over device back ups and files. There's also an app settings section that surfaces options to change default apps and information on app sizes." Very welcome improvements - but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught. Update: Woah, a 50:50 split view! They are listening! Update 2: Steve Troughton-Smith details that the split can be any size, and that you can also split three and four applications.
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But Unless?
by hoak on Sun 24th Mar 2013 20:03 UTC
hoak
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2007-12-17

Thom Holwerda: "...but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught."

Really? When NT 6.2 hits higher benchmarks then 6.1 virtually across the board on old and new hardware? And when exactly historically has 'speed and performance improvement' been the arbiter of success of ANY Consumer OS?

Edited 2013-03-24 20:05 UTC

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RE: But Unless?
by Nelson on Sun 24th Mar 2013 20:18 in reply to "But Unless?"
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2005-11-29

He's probably means to say he hopes devs get better at writing Windows Store applications.

Not that classic Win32 applications were much better, but touch has a way of amplifying any deficiencies an application has because you expect stick to your finger performance.

Also, there are limited issues related to scrolling on trackpads being choppy on certain types of Windows Store apps. This needs a fix and MSFT has confirmed its an issue.

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RE: But Unless?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 21:14 in reply to "But Unless?"
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2005-06-29

I mean Metro applications.

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RE: But Unless?
by Moredhas on Mon 25th Mar 2013 05:14 in reply to "But Unless?"
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2008-04-10

Benchmark scores aren't exactly the sole way of divining the speed and responsiveness of an OS. They don't accurately simulate the issue of digging through a slurry of libraries to find exactly what you want, and then stumbling over version mismatches.

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RE[2]: But Unless?
by Nelson on Mon 25th Mar 2013 06:37 in reply to "RE: But Unless?"
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2005-11-29

+1. Exactly this. Besides, perceived performance and responsiveness are arguably equally as important as raw performance, and that doesn't show up in a benchmark half the time.

For example, animations can buy you a lot of computation time to do extra initialization. We're not talking seconds, but milliseconds here, yet still it makes a difference.

Conversely, stuttery input handling can make even the fastest apps seem slow.

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