Netbook owners were really excited as they took note during the unveiling of Windows 8 by Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft president of Windows at the Build conference. Early on his presentation, the Microsoft president for Windows whipped out his three-year old Lenovo netbook, the very same unit he displayed at the development conference three years before. He showed to the crowd of anxious Microsoft developers his first generation device running on Windows 8. He then went on talking about the virtues of Windows 8, and reassured developers that the new operating system is rich in features, but was not build bulky layer by layer.
For those who remember the unwieldy Windows Vista clogging underpowered notebooks, news that Microsoft was planning to leave some memory for applications and programs came as a huge relief. It can also be seen as a savvy move business move by Microsoft, taking netbook sales in to consideration, which even though is stagnant now, accounts for nearly a quarter of all PC sales on Q2 2010, based on IDC reports. Actually there are millions of netbook owners who would really love to use their machines for some more years rather than jumping to an iPad, and Windows 8 may provide them with that opportunity.
Windows 8 in practice
It took 19 seconds for netbook powered with Windows 8 to boot up to the login screen. The same thing takes 22 seconds in an iPad 2.
Sinofsky has pointed out that Windows 8 running on his netbook at Build conference was only using 281 MB RAM while running 29 processes at the same time. Even though we were not able to duplicate those results, we did come close with 30 process running, but it was using approximately a quarter of the available RAM, or 500 MB. That came to around 800 MB, or 40 percent of all the available memory, with Google Chrome opened with five tabs and an open Office document.
So we can conclude that Windows 8 runs smoothly on netbooks and can be best referred to as snappy. You will be able to open and close programs without delay. YouTube works great while Netflix streaming still stutters a bit like it did in Windows 7. But while comparing Windows 7 vs Windows 8, Netflix works better in Windows 8.
That’s all with the information regarding Windows 8 in Netbooks. Bye!