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Windows 8 Turns Green

Efficient processing is great for two reasons: It saves power costs and on portables, extends battery life. Microsoft hopes to achieve both with the power-miser features of Win 8. On ARM, the power savings comes largely from the processor. But Microsoft thinks the software should also play a role.

And so it has a new architecture where background apps don't task the CPU but are instead suspended. The exceptions are apps you actually want to keep running -- such as listening to music while writing in a document and IMing.

And machines that use system on a chip can be essentially suspended while still receiving IM and mail.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/15/2012 at 1:19 PM


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