Looks like Microsoft wants to make a bang when the release Windows 8 officially. Microsoft has listed out a few features that will be part of Windows 8. The emphasis is on making media a very pleasurable part of Windows 8.
Streaming media will be at it’s best in Windows 8.
Microsoft has planned on maximizing performance by keeping media playback fast and responsive by enabling the power of the hardware. One of the main aspects they are considering is to get better battery life or reduce power consumption by having efficient video decoding. This allows for lower CPU usage, smoother video playback and a better battery life as, their official blog explains, the dedicated media hardware is more efficient than the CPU at media decoding. The company also showcased a chart where the difference in CPU utilization between Windows 7 and Windows 8 was mapped and Windows 8 had a much lower rate than Win 7, which is a worthy improvement.
Microsoft has also worked on improving latency which will again help in the to make sure the end to end delay is minimized. Windows 8 will have a very low latency for communication and video playback.
The complete list of features and improvements that has been added to Windows 8 is available in Microsoft’s official blog here.