ARM Support a Major New Enhancement

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-02-01 Print this article Print


5. Don't undervalue ARM support

Ever since Microsoft announced ARM support in Windows, the agreement hasn't really been talked about. However, it's arguably one of the biggest aspects of Windows 8. With ARM support, Microsoft can kick off its mobile charge, and vendors will be able to improve device battery life. It's a win-win.

6. Going to the cloud with SkyDrive

Microsoft knows all too well how important the cloud is. That's why the company has said it will integrate SkyDrive into Windows 8. By doing so, users will have free cloud storage available to them, and that should go a long way toward keeping users on Windows rather than switching to Mac OS X.

7. Enterprise virtualization

Those in the enterprise know quite well how important Hyper-V is in the Windows Server ecosystem. But those same folks might be surprised to hear the service is also coming to Windows 8. The move is designed to help consumers and enterprises run legacy applications and earlier versions of Windows and thus dramatically increase the chances that a company's outdated software will still work on a new PC.

8. Windows to Go

Windows to Go could be a boon for the enterprise. The idea is to allow users to have their entire Windows work environment available to them on any computer, thanks to an installation of their content on a thumb drive. According to Microsoft, the service will even support a person's programs, effectively allowing them to bring their entire computer with them wherever they go by simply using a thumb drive.

9. Fast (and fewer) boot-ups

Over the years, boot-ups have been a thorn in the average Windows user's side. However, Microsoft says  Windows 8 will deliver much faster boot-up times and reduce the number of times users will need to restart their systems to get Windows updates. Not bad, eh?

10. Legacy products help

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it's worth noting that Windows' success over the years has been due mainly to the versions that came before it. Consumers loved Windows 95, so they moved to Windows 98, for example. And although Windows Vista was a disappointment, Windows XP users were happy to adopt Windows 7. This time around, expect Windows 7's popularity to boost Windows 8.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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