One of the great advantages of having an IT company manage programs in your business enterprise is the chance to take advantage of technological improvements in core functions as soon as they become available. When using your own staff to update an OS to the newest version, for example, you may wait months or even years before the change has been deployed company-wide. This is because core staff will see to IT needs on a "catch as catch can" basis instead of making it their top priority the way a managed programs model does.
One example of improved functionality soon to be available in the Windows operating system is a reduced boot time. Billie Sue Chafins, a Microsoft program manager, announced this week that the upcoming Windows 8 OS will feature an overall faster boot time due to new technology that keeps computers in a hibernation state when not in use. Unlike the current state called "hibernation," this hybrid state is something of a cross between sleep mode and traditional hibernation.
It will consume a very low level of energy to keep the computer in the new hibernation state. When booted, Windows 8 computers will be able to launch the OS quickly because they will not need as long to conduct their power-on self-test routine. Microsoft estimates that the typical boot time of over a minute will be reduced to about seven seconds.
A related improvement in Windows 8 will be the elimination of boot screens in favor of a graphical interface.