If you don’t have those, you’ll only get the 10 second boot load the first year or so…. since NTFS tends to slow down after use (mainly because of Registry Trash and incorrect ACLs) and there’s no easy way to recover the lost time…
Alas, you’re vague… you don’t state if you like or dislike Linux and/or Windows XP.
Every OS has it’s ups and downs. You can’t rule iOS just because the hardware “appears” limited. The NextStep/OpenStep and Mach foundation of iOS is much more prepared for modern times than the VMS derived Windows NT. Also the boot process on Linux and iOS is way more streamlined than Windows 8, so Microsoft had to cut some corners on MinWin to allow fast boot on 8. They’ll be plenty of time for people to learn that the hard way, once we start seeing more and more security packs added to Win8.
As stated above, UEFI is the only thing separating Win8 from the crowd at this moment.
It’s a bad idea, ‘cause you aren’t actually “switching” people, but rather helping “souls in distress” that made the switch without really knowing what they ran into.
It would have been a good idea, if they had previewed the alternative apps (maybe a video, or in app simulation) to let people know that not only the apps are there, but they look better.
Of course, they did the former ‘cause the latter simply doesn’t add up. THEAPPS AREN’T REALLYTHATGREAT ON WINDOWSPHONESIDE and most publishers that jumped ship, either were payed by Microsoft to do so, or had already created a common framework that BASICALLYDILUTESTHE WP advantage (like Facebook and Twitter).
Microsoft needs to stop this nonsense and instead focus on creating a REAL WP7 emulator for Android.
Trust me, softies, it won’t be that hard as you can use the CoreCLR stuff created for Silverlight.
You don’t need to port XNA, as no one in it’s right mind will hope for XBox Live integration unless it’s an MS phone.
Else, you could create an Android emulator for Windows Phone 9, but that would be concede failure and I’m sure you not about to do that, unless you read PC history and dig into the Amiga, the Atari ST, the BeBox, the NeXT Cube and all those other “wonderful” systems that fell through, just because they weren’t compatible with DOS or Windows. You can also count OS/2 on that list, even though it had Windows 3.11 builtin, but was quickly vanished from existence by Windows 95.