Will use less memory than Windows 7, says Microsoft

Windows 8 to reduce memory usage

Microsoft announced that memory usage was a ‘key engineering tenet’ of Windows 8, adding that the firm is setting out to significantly reduce the memory requirements of the operating system.

Writing on the Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft’s performance team boss Bill Karagounis said that minimizing memory also prolonged battery life and was particularly important on the low power SoC (system-on-chip) based mobile devices that Windows 8 would also run on.

Karagounis compared the memory free on a fresh install of Windows 8 on a 1GB system with that of Windows 7, revealing that the upcoming OS currently leaves 733MB free, compared with 609MB of Windows 7.

"Windows 8 has a better scheme for the prioritization of memory allocations made by applications and system components. This means that Windows can make better decisions about what memory to keep around and what memory to remove sooner," said Karagounis.

"We’ve already come a long way but we’re not done," he added.

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