As I continue working with Windows 8 I continue to be impressed by it.

Yes, the new Metro User Interface will make most people crazy, but the more I use Windows 8 the more I see the good outweighing the bad.

In my last post I documented how much faster my oldish laptop boots. With Windows 7 it took roughly five minutes from the time I powered on my laptop to the point I could actually start using it. Now with Windows 8 I’m up and running and working in exactly one minute and ten seconds.

But that’s not the best part…

The battery in my tired old laptop now gives me over 2 hours of solid running time. That’s roughly DOUBLE what it was before I upgraded to Windows 8.

I already knew the battery was on its last leg and didn’t hold the kind of charge it used to. On airline flights I had to make sure I got whatever I wanted to do done within an hour before the battery died.

This past week on the ride back to Matawan on a New Jersey Transit Train I worked from the moment I boarded the train at NYC’s Penn Station to the moment the train doors slid open at the Matawan Aberdeen station. I did a solid hour of work.

As I went to save my work and shutdown Windows 8 I glanced at the battery status on my laptop. My eyes almost popped out of my hand.


Because I still had approximately one hour and twenty minutes of battery power left!

The geek in me can only speculate that Windows 8 is much more efficient in every single aspect; from how long it takes to load (vis a vis boot time) to how many background processes are running that are draining the battery without me even realizing it.

That’s my only working theory to explain how my laptop battery can suddenly run more than twice as long as before.

Other leading hunches include magic elves, fairy dust, hidden alien technology or a solar power module in my laptop I’ve been unaware of all these years.

At the end of the day I can tell you that you’re going to love Windows 8 but it’s going to be a gradual process as all that’s new in Windows 8 slowly grows on you to the point you take a liking to it.