Microsoft Windows head Steven Sinofsky introduced a post in the official Building Windows 8 blog written by Gabe Aul, a Windows program management director, about how Windows 8 will have a very fast boot time between when a user presses the power button and when he/she will be able to use the PC. There’s even a video demonstrating it.
“Few operations in Windows are as scrutinized, measured, and picked apart as boot,” Aul wrote. “This is understandable … we all know the boot experience is an incredibly important thing for us to get right for customers.”
He says that 57 percent of desktop PC users and 45 percent of laptop users shut down their machines rather than putting them to sleep. People say that’s becuse they want to have their PCs completely off so it uses no power and/or because when they turn on their PCs, they want a “fresh start” rather than running things from their previous session, Aul wrote.
The Windows 8 team’s challenge was to design a system that had draws effectively zero watt power when off, offers a fresh session after boot, and offers very fast times between the press of the power button and being able to use the PC.
Their solution is “a new fast startup mode which is a hybrid of traditional cold boot and resuming from hibernate,” Aul wrote.
So, were they successful? You be the judge:
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[Updated 7:22 a.m. to add: Aul writes on the blog that: “The fast startup mode will yield benefits on almost all systems, whether they have a spinning HDD (hard disk drive) or a solid state drive (SSD), but for newer systems with fast SSDs it is downright amazing. Check out the video…to see for yourself.” So apparently the laptop in the video above has a SSD.]
Microsoft will likely unveil this, and many other features of Windows 8 at its Build conference starting Tuesday in Anaheim. The conference, at which Windows 8 is expected to be a focus, is designed to show independent developers where Microsoft is heading with its products and how to design for and with them.
[Update 11:24 a.m.: Correction: The post in the Building Windows 8 blog was written by Gabe Aul, a Windows program management director, not Steven Sinofsky, though Sinofsky introduced the post. This blog item has been corrected to reflect that.]
(Microsoft video of “Building Windows 8: Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8” from MSUserCommunity.)