Windows 8 is the mother of your future phone so start paying attention to it. In their latest release, Microsoft went through the speed at which the new OS can boot (and resume). Not only is it fast, but it’s just a few seconds. So fast that it’s faster than a Windows Phone. Just check this out:

That’s a full desktop OS smoking a mobile OS. And that mobile OS happens to be faster than the boot time on iOS so we’re talking about something impressive here. Presumably a desktop could go even faster than the laptop they use in the video. Good times ahead.

via Being Manan

11 COMMENTS

  1. That’s insanely fast for a desktop boot. Why people care about mobile boot times so much has always perplexed me. I don’t remember the last time I turned off my phone….

  2. “That’s a full desktop OS smoking a mobile OS.”
    Not entirely true. In the video only the touch UI gets booted. Microsoft previously mentioned, that the Win7 UI will have to load up seperately.

  3. @Chris: Two words: Windows Mobile. Remember how long it used to take to reboot the phone using Windows Mobile? It was two minutes on some devices. When you add that in with the fact it used to always need to be rebooted and thats where the frustration set in.

    I haven’t used an Android device as my personal phone so I can’t speak to the up time on the platform but for iOS and Windows Phone its a non-issue.

    I think this bolds well for tablets, netbooks and ultrabooks more than anything else. Good times ahead.

  4. lol at “please ignore ze fact that ze video ees playing on OS X, yeah.”

    You guys are missing the point! Yes no one reboots anything anymore but if it can boot this fast, imagine how much HTML5 and Javascript it can compile in a sandbox per undervolted gigawatthertz! That’s the kind of high-optimized kernel bit JIT we need in our next generation of German rocket technology.

    But how long does Windows 8 take to fully hibernate? No one seems to bring up that half of the story. Sounds kinda sketchy.

    Glad to see you guys moving on from that whole WP7 mess to W8. Hopefully history won’t repeat itself for the twentieth time for you this time around.

  5. When Patrick and I were at the Microsoft CES Keynote in January, and they officially showed off the ARM version of Windows for the first time, I got that twinge of excitement for a while. It has since worn off because of how badly they’re executing WP7 as a platform. It just leaves a foul taste for me. I had images of a superphone that had built-in WiDi and an HDMI port, would happily connect to any BT device, had a USB Host port, etc.. this thing would be your phone and desktop in one. just add a tv, bt keyboard and mouse, or a USB screen…

    Then I remembered…. Umm.. this is MS, they’ll screw up something along the way.. and to me, it was the HTML5 ‘metro’ interface on top of the regular windows interface, legacy support for apps, splitting the windows world into two (ARM vs x86/64) instead of forcing a revolution. They made a huge step forward by making devs relearn mobile app coding for WP7 vs WM. They need to do the same for desktop and choose a platform and stick with it.

    In my opinion, Windows 8 should be ARM only. Windows 7 does not need to have touch added to it. Create a completely new OS that requires new Apps. Phase out Win7 over time in favor of a new OS, or keep two different OSes, but compromising in the middle isn’t going to work IMO.

    Flame on guys, but I still don’t think that MS gets how to properly implement touch into windows. At all.

  6. “In my opinion, Windows 8 should be ARM only. Windows 7 does not need to have touch added to it. Create a completely new OS that requires new Apps. Phase out Win7 over time in favor of a new OS, or keep two different OSes, but compromising in the middle isn’t going to work IMO.”

    Yep, and that would be instant death for Microsoft and Windows. Are you really crazy enough to believe that dropping x86 support when you have over a billion customers in every country in the world, and a dominant market in enterprise, would be anything close to a good idea. Microsoft might as well slit their own throat if they do that. As for compromising in the middle, Apple sure hell has done a good job of it. OS X is not all that successful, and if you judge it by Windows’ standard, it’s a failure. But they’ve compromised with two operating systems and made money off of it.

    As for phasing out operating systems, that’s always the case. But Microsoft would be stupid if they phased out Windows 7 after only 2 years. Are you sure you’re not drunk?

    “but I still don’t think that MS gets how to properly implement touch into windows. At all.”

    Have you not seen any of the Windows 8 videos? Considering they’re are the only ones doing touch to that level in a full operating system, I’d say they get it better than anyone.

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