For years, it has been Microsoft’s goal to make starting up Windows PCs as fast as possible, always trying to reach the “instant-on” startup that many CE devices have. In between fixing Hotmail and other services, Microsoft announced overnight that it has gotten close to their goal with the test laptop starting up in less then 8 seconds (video below)!
It seems that the startup is now even faster due to the way the actual system shuts down which Gabe Aul, a Windows program management director, explains in full detail as well a little more inside information on Windows 8 at his blog.
Microsoft says boot times are significantly faster across the board. “This new fast startup mode will yield benefits on almost all systems, whether they have a spinning HDD or a solid state drive (SSD), but for newer systems with fast SSDs it is downright amazing,” writes Aul. They have also included a chart to compare boot times which you can see above or make larger here.
Microsoft will be showing off Windows 8 to all the onlookers at it’s Build conference next week in Anaheim, and we hope they will be putting out a release date then and hopefully start doing beta testing like they did with Vista and Windows 7.