If you were tired of the way your computer boots, you are not alone. Windows 7 too has not found a lot of supporters when it comes to booting speed, and Microsoft has realized that a major chunk of its computer consumers may switch to other platforms if it does not do something to improve the speed.
In fact, Microsoft has taken the matter so seriously that they have made booting speed an essential component of what might be included in Windows 8. In a video that was unveiled quite some time back, Microsoft’s Windows 8 boots in just 8 seconds.
The company launched the video to show the world that Windows 8 computers would be quick enough to give any computer running on other platforms a run for their money. The speed increase has been made possible thanks to a new technology which involves a hybrid shutdown process. The procedure is called ‘kernel hibernation process’. Microsoft also revealed that more than half of Windows 7 users shut down their computers instead of setting the computer on sleep or on hibernation. Microsoft wants to change this habit in particular and Windows 8 would allow them to stay on ‘sleep mode’ or on ‘hibernation’.
However, Microsoft also makes it clear that those who would like to switch off their computer entirely could still do so, and windows 8 would definitely boot faster and wouldn’t let you finish a cup of tea and drink the second one while your computer boots and the desktop is ready for you to start working on whatever you work on. Microsoft knows that it is no longer the king of computer-world, and that there are some really mean, and sharp competitors out there. Perhaps this increase in speed is sort of a metaphor to catch up with what the company has lost. We had also written about how Microsoft has promised a revolution of sorts with Windows 8.
Tata Motors India unleashed a new city car concept at the 81st Geneva Motor Show, it has been christened as 'Pixel'. It is expected that all-new small car based on this concept vehicle will be on sale in 2014. The concept features gull-wing doors but it is expected that the production vehicle will have simple hinged doors like we have seen most of the hatchbacks available in India. As per the press release by Tata Motors, Pixel is the most spacious four-seater in the World. It is just over three metres in length. Tata Pixel features Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission, which assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. Key functions of Tata Pixel are controlled by the driver's smart phone, running ‘My Tata Connect’, the first integrated human-machine interface concept from Tata Motors. Like Tata Nano, Pixel also features a rear-mounted engine which will be a 1.2 litre three cylinder turbo-charged diesel. The engine is a low-friction design, featuring variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies. With optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.
Fast Facts About Tata Pixel
- Unleashed at the 81st Geneva Motor Show
- Will be on sale in 2014
- Is the most spacious four-seater in the World, it is just over three metres in length.
- Features Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission
- Key functions of Tata Pixel are controlled by the driver's smart phone, running ‘My Tata Connect’
- Features a rear-mounted engine which will be a 1.2 litre three cylinder turbo-charged diesel.
- Features variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies.
- Optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres
- Stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging
- Returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km
- Innovative 'scissor' door system allows entry and exit in the tightest of spaces
Geneva Auto Show 2011 - Tata Pixel