What makes Windows 8 faster than Windows 7?
Computer speed tests have revealed that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7. But what are the improvements that have been made by Microsoft in Windows 8 that make it more efficient than Windows 7?
Rob Copeland, the group program manager of Microsoft’s Graphics team, explains in a post published on the Building Windows 8 blog about the technical enhancements in Windows 8.
Here we present a summary of the Windows 8 features discussed by Rob in his blog post.
Hardware acceleration for better graphics
In Windows 8, the DirectWrite application programming interface (API) improves the text rendering performance on the new Metro user interface. According to Rob, the API effectively utilizes the computer hardware for fast processing of fonts and text. The frame rate has also been increased in Windows 8 as compared to Windows 7. This has resulted in high quality visuals and better video playback quality at a fast speed.
Addition of the Direct2D Effects and Direct3D 11.1 APIs to DirectX
Graphics and text performance has been improved in Windows 8 by adding new capabilities to the DirectX components. The Direct2D Effects API helps in the application of hardware accelerated effects to images. Another new feature is the addition of the Direct3D 11.1 API to DirectX. Direct3D 11.1 manages the graphics resources in an efficient manner.
All these technical enhancements in Windows 8 result in faster loading of files, web pages, and multimedia content; thereby making the new OS better than Windows 7.