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36. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 6, 2012, 13:13 Creston
 
noman wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 23:17:
Printer driver stack is rewritten (and the last time it happened was in Win2k) where you save half-a-gb space on hard-disk and a very real functionality improvement when talking to computer printers over home networks. If you every had issues keeping printers connected over WiFi to the PC, then move to Win8.

- Never had an issue with WiFi printers disappearing, and if you've been installing drivers that took up half a GB of drive space, I'm going to guess you were doing something wrong.

SSDs are managed by the OS (if you set the storage interface to AHCI) to the level where no third party utilities are needed.

- Amazing! Oh wait, my SSDs are being handled by Win7 without third party utilities too.

Kernel idle time handling is improved to the point, where you get 7-8% better battery life on laptops.

- Which benefits the desktop PC, how?

Desktop rendering is hugely improved.

- Because they took out basically every single effect and it's now blank colors. That's the same way that Nvidia used to "increase performance" on their drivers for certain games by actually lowering image quality.

DirectX has been expanded to run better on low power devices (well that was needed due to WinRT tablets)

- Which benefits desktop PCs how? I'm sure it's nice for people using it on their phone.

Security is further improved in how memory regions are managed for different applications.

- And then they put task manager on the bottom so you can't access it. Woot!

Hey, if you're happy with Win8, good for you. But stop trying to pretend that these things are somehow of massive benefit to the average desktop user, because they aren't.

Creston

 
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