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Windows® 8 extends battery life
The increased use of mobile devices means that a primary concern for users is battery life. Most people use laptops instead of desktops and utilize numerous apps while running their device. Microsoft® is paying attention to this trend and knows that more memory means more RAM which results in increased battery usage thereby reducing run times for laptops.
Microsoft® has therefore focused on identifying ways that will free up memory requirements while maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of the operating system. They have moved 13 OS services to a “Start On Demand Model” instead of all OS services running simultaneously. A method of identifying high priority vs. low priority memory use has also been developed which ensures that vital apps do not become unresponsive when memory becomes more limited.
In addition, a new component to Windows® 8 known as the Desktop Activity Monitor has been developed. It reduces resource utilization of desktop apps when the device is in connected standby mode. This maximizes battery life by suspending desktop applications and stopping their resource use. The application behaves as it would if the PC was in sleep mode. When the PC is no longer in connected standby mode, the apps resume the same way they would if the PC had been in a sleep state.