Microsoft Says Windows 11 PCs Will Get A Nice Performance Boost Thanks To CPU, Memory, & Storage Optimizations

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Wccftech 10 September, 2021 - 03:11am 13 views

Is Windows 11 released?

Announced on June 24, 2021, Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, released in 2015. Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to some compatible Windows 10 devices through Windows Update. Windows 11 is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2021. wikipedia.orgWindows 11

Microsoft Details How It Made Windows 11 Faster Than Windows 10

Tom's Hardware 10 September, 2021 - 10:42am

It's not all about how fast your hardware is

Windows 11 has an improved resource management system - there are now higher priority levels attributed to foreground functions (essentially, the program window you're currently focused on), reducing the amount of processing power that's eaten up by background processes. 

This prioritization of the work that matters to the user at that precise moment in time also extends to browsers, which are notorious resource hogs in any system: Windows now has improved its ability to pause inactive tabs, thus reducing the amount of system resources demanded from the underlying system - and improving performance on your active tab. The improvements here are nothing to scoff at: Steve Dispensa says the system can have 32% less memory usage and reduce CPU utilization by 37% due to this new tab sleeping function.

Microsoft has also optimized the code that calls hardware functions, reducing the delay between user input and the actual instruction being carried out in hardware, thereby reducing idle time and improving user-perceived responsiveness. This also has a knock-on effect on memory usage and overall performance: optimized instructions reduce memory footprint and improve resource handling from idle to active states.

Finally, Steve Dispensa talked a little about how this ecosystem of improvements have led to a sleep state philosophy that's closer to phones and what Apple has done with MacOS, in that resuming from sleep now has seen a 25% improvement which leads, in his words, to a near-instant resume from sleep for most users - with the added benefit of power savings for mobile devices that comes from the ability to enter faster sleep states without compromising on the work that's being carried out.

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Microsoft Start - The Bing Version Of Google Discover

Search Engine Roundtable 10 September, 2021 - 10:42am

Microsoft announced Microsoft Start, which looks and feels a lot like its own version of Google Discover. Microsoft describes it as a "personalized news feed and collection of informational content provides news from premium publishers, timely updates tailored to your interests, and is available when and where you want it."

Here is a GIF showing it in action on desktop, but it works on mobile of course as well:

It works on Chrome and Edge browsers at microsoftstart.com - so go give it a try. There are also iOS and Android apps for this, check that out as well. You can also access it via the News and Interests experience on the Windows 10 taskbar, and on the Widgets experience in Windows 11 and from the Microsoft Edge new tab page.

You can learn more how to personalize the feed over here.

Here are some more from Glenn Gabe's tweets:

Sound familiar? :) -> "This personalized news feed and collection of informational content provides news from premium publishers, timely updates tailored to your interests, and is available when and where you want it." https://t.co/KfwcSjnTDR pic.twitter.com/3lpl1xCoO3

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Your old laptop could still get Windows 11, thanks to Asus

Tom's Guide 10 September, 2021 - 10:42am

Asus could bring Windows 11 to older hardware, even if Microsoft doesn't support it

Asus announce it will be working on new firmware for some older Intel hardware, which will allow Windows 11 to be installed on laptops and PCs with older chips (via Windows Latest). This would, in effect, bypassing the original system requirements laid out by Microsoft.

In fact, it seems that Asus has plans to support a number of 6th and 7th generation Intel processors, which is a great thing. It means users with hardware that technically isn’t supported by the new OS, but still perfectly capable, would then be able to upgrade to Windows 11. And all without having to go out and buy new hardware, or attempt to install the new operating system in an unofficial capacity.

Asus has been quick to point out that this is still a “beta BIOS version of the motherboard which is still undergoing final testing before its official release." So it’s not quite ready yet, and means users of older hardware need a little bit more patience before they can ditch Windows 10.

But just because Asus is testing Windows 11 on older hardware, doesn’t mean other hardware manufacturers are going to do the same. Likewise, there’s no telling just how well the operating system will perform on ageing hardware, updates or not. We’re just going to have to wait and see what happens when Windows 11 is officially released on October 5

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