We can dust our prior PC-s, and instead of improving our plant, we can coolly purchase even a soccer table for the office as well.
Since 1992, the launch of Windows 3.1, users always had to pay a fortune at every change of version and needed to purchase either a new processor, or a memory or a hard disk – or mostly all of them because of the increasing hardware requirements. This tendency seemed to stop with the ship of Windows 7, but Windows 8 means a real back track in time: 1 GB memory and 1 GHz processor is simply sufficient for the system – that just fits the features of a three-year old mid-range laptop.
Microsoft’s engineers did not keep waiting Windows users for years for nothing: they really did their best with the frame of the new operation system and paid express attention to power management. First and foremost, they changed the memory maintenance, and in this part they implemented four actions in order to improve efficiency. First, a given set of data enters the memory just once. Second, running of services has been optimised: some of them start and stop only if necessary or the user is entrusted to run it (manual launch). Third, basically only the tile surface runs and desktop only loads if it is necessary for running an old application. Fourth, services can be prioritised: hot services have priority for staying in memory, while cold services are written onto HDD in case of lack of memory. This last feature’s effect can be even multiplied with using SSD hard disk.
So one thing is for sure: improvement of memory is not necessary for Windows 8 – this is also reflected by the analytics who do not expect a charge for purchasing memory: according to IHS iSuppli, the growth of DRAM shipments is expected to remain below 10% in the last quarter.
Our developers have installed Windows 8 months before the official launch, and they are using it during the everyday work. Startup and shutdown have become obviously faster, the already used programs – not only the office applications but developer environments as well – run stable with the same quality. We are developing business apps for Windows 8 in this system as well, and in this case we are using all our tools in order to make services run on tablets as fast as we got used to it on PC or even with faster response time. The new Windows platform and the tablets designed for it are especially capable of business use; because their knowledge and performance are much more approaches a laptop’s than the tablets available on the market before.
So let’s buy a soccer table, tablets and business apps for tablets instead of hardware – and efficiency will not lag behind.
Dániel Szöllősi Managing Director – ALLWIN Infromatika Ltd.