Windows 7 is one of the most successful products Microsoft has ever created and it’s hard to replace considering its reputation. That’s why Windows 8 may be a hard sell for the tech giant this year. However, that does not mean that the new operating system will not smoke its predecessor. In a blog written by no other than Rob Copeland, program manager of Microsoft’s graphics team, he said that Windows 8 is far better product than Windows 7, especially on acceleration improvements of its DirectX aspect.
Let’s take a look at some of the finer points of that blog:
- Accelerating text: Text acceleration is a need in today’s Windows environment. Text is used virtually anywhere so accelerating its rendering is a high priority for Microsoft. Text performance will be enhanced in Windows 8 especially in web pages, instant messaging, and email programs.
- Geometry rendering: Just like text rendering, geometry rendering is used a lot in Windows to create graphs, charts, tables, user interface elements, and diagrams. Windows 8 improvements focus on providing excellent high-performance functions of SVG technologies and HTML5 Canvas for use of Metro style applications and websites being viewed with Internet Explorer 10.
- Image rendering: Windows 8 is way better than Windows 7 in terms of decoding images by expanding SIMD usage on all types of CPU architectures. Improvements are designed to to enhance performance in working with photographs and images using PNG, GIF, and JPEG formats.
- Samples of rendering improvement: Copeland provided an example how Windows 8 will deal with one of the most mundane activities users usually do: watching a video in Web page. When a video is playing, the browser constantly update the window that contains the video without affecting the text. In other words, apps need to redraw the entire screen for each frame everytime. Windows 8 is designed to optimize DirectX by redrawing only portions of the screen and how the entire portion scrolls. This means the number of times graphics data is copied in memory is significantly decreased, reducing power consumption and extending battery life.
Copeland claims that Windows 8 is a product focused on giving users an impressive animated and very fast experience like never before. Everyday users will find the Metro style overall design an excellent alternative to the more or less similar general design of the past operating systems. Windows 8 will also be a great option for gamers looking for great performance and stereoscopic 3D feature in their gaming experience. It’s built to cater to a wide range of needs of Windows users ranging from high-eng gaming platforms to web-surfing heavy tablets.
We’ll see how this turns out for Windows 8 in the coming months.