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C. Moya
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7/27/2015 | 8:20:54 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
Leaving aside bootup performance (which is indeed measurably and fairly drastically faster in Win8 and Win10), I would agree that on decent minimum hardware (4gb RAM, for instance), Windows 8.x performance is indistingishable from Win7. However, once you go into the slate realm, 2gb RAM, that's where you start to see big differences. Windows 7 is unusable with 2gb of RAM, while Win8 (and Office suprisingly) hum along just fine. Another area is disk space impact. Whereas Win7 throws everything it can on the disk, Win8 scales down, trims WinSxS, Installer cache, shadow copies, Temp, etc so that it can (literally) use just a fraction of a 32gb storage card including a restore image. I mean, it's not iOS or a micro-kernel, but it's still fairly impressive.
barely_normal
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barely_normal,
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7/27/2015 | 7:46:40 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
Your citation for your outlandish remark? You don't have one? That is because there is not one.

 

Windows 8.1 was AT MOST 6% faster than Windows 7. Imperceptible, unless you are already predisposed to it, and only then if you carry a stopwatch and use it full time.

 

My citation, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet.
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barely_normal,
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7/27/2015 | 7:41:17 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
Windows 10 is in a statistical dead heat with Windows 8.1, as per Giordon Mah Ung [PCWorld, 10 days ago, using build 10240 - the GA build]

Windows 8.1 was AT MOST 6% faster than Windows 7, on the same hardware. This is only perceptible if you have had previous disposition to it, or you carry a stopwatch every time you use a computer, and have it one hand while typing with the other. [not certain of when but shown by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet, quite a while ago, though you should be able to search on it with those cues]

 

No matter what the fanboys say, there is only one place where Windows since version 7, is truly faster - initial setup, which hopefully you don't do too often.

Whether anything has improved since Windows 7 is a decision you must make for yourself, because there are a couple of things better, but so many things worse [and terribly irksome if you have used Windows for more than a month of your life].

 

Windows 10 seems to be truly pleasing only those people who wish to be fanboys, and their liking it is seen as some badge of honor, no matter how bad it really is. Though one might be pro-Windows 10, if not blind, it is clear there is at least another 2 years work needed to get it to where the inconsistencies and errors are at a low level, so as to not be a constant source of irritation.
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7/27/2015 | 7:30:09 PM
What Microsoft got right?
They clearly got out the payola and in the correct denominations, so that the talking points would be delivered exactly as given.

What a useless article. If we wanted more Microsoft doublespeak, we could have simply referred to their ridiculous commercials.

 

There is very little, that has not been made worse by the changes of Windows 10. Universal apps? When was the last time you used AutoCAD on your cell phone? Microsoft is very good at whipping up support among the fanboys for the oddest things, and they then run with it, thinking that everyone else is so easily duped.

The one thing that was a brightspot at the outset, but has turned into a huge disappointment, Cortana, is just another way Microsoft promised so much, and delivered so little.
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7/24/2015 | 7:34:50 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
@Zman7 "...including calendar and other apps in the operating system? Why? They got in trouble before doing the same thing with IE. Logic like this continues to bloat Windows."
I was thinking about that the other day. But we can say the same thing about other OSes, can't we? Whether is Linux, OS X or Windows, all of them come with pre-installed apps.
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7/24/2015 | 4:29:42 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
That's good to know. I didn't move to Win8 mainly because of the bad reviews re: the interface. Are there any tests or specs regarding Win10 performance vs. older versions (that you know of?) 
C. Moya
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7/24/2015 | 12:33:25 PM
Re: Things MS got right?
"Has there ever been a new release that improves performance on identical hardware?" Why yes there has been. Windows 8 is way faster than 7. And it runs extraordinarily well on ludicrously low hardware 2gb ram, 32gb drive space. Say what you will about Win8, but performance was not its problem. Also WinXP ran faster on the same hardware than Win2k.
Zman7
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7/24/2015 | 11:59:46 AM
Things MS got right?
I'm not convinced that all of these things are "right." For instance, including calendar and other apps in the operating system? Why? They got in trouble before doing the same thing with IE. Logic like this continues to bloat Windows.

Of course, my biggest concern is performance. Has there ever been a new release that improves performance on identical hardware? I'm fine at present with Win7. If I upgrade, what will my performance using my current applications be like? No one ever wants to improve the OS, they just throw more hardware at it. 
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7/24/2015 | 11:30:05 AM
Re: Awkward
No operating system or any piece of software is "perfect." Each of us will have preferences about UI that differentiate our opinions. These are valid points, and hopefully Microsoft will continue to tweak and drive more improvements out of Windows 10.

I like Windows 8.1 Pro. Other than the start screen and the two different interfaces for tablet vs. tradition, I like it. Fixing those two, which Microsoft has done quite well at in 10, makes it a success in my opinion. We have a lot of user who will be upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7, bypassing 8 entirely.
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7/24/2015 | 3:05:11 AM
Re: I doubt it
Woops, I accidentally replied under @mac63's thread.
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