Windows 8's user interface changes may have garnered the most attention, but Microsoft didn't just slap a new coat of paint on its flagship. Backend improvements include improved dual-monitor support -- a feature at least a couple of InformationWeek readers have welcomed in the comments section of previous Windows 8 coverage -- and Storage Spaces. Perhaps the most notable for SMBs is speed -- especially if you're toiling on geriatric PCs running Windows XP that take 10 minutes just to open a browser window. Windows 8 touts faster boot times. Indeed, InformationWeek's Paul McDougall reported the Dell XPS 12 tablet boots from a completely off state in about 8 seconds. Readers have also noted their overall Windows 8 experience has been fast. The speed factor is a strong draw for SMBs slogging on slow machines after several years (or more) of postponed tech refreshes.