Microsoft promised the world a more compact system that utilizes its resources on a level not seen on other operating systems. As they move toward complete synchronization between all devices, many were wondering how they would manage it. Now we know: file compression and better recovery services.
The biggest space and resource saver comes courtesy of a new way of recovering. Instead of creating a separate recovery image upon reset/refresh, it removes this feature. The change will save anywhere from 4 GB to 12 GB worth of storage on the average device, making a huge difference in performance and space utilization.
Phones will not experience this change, as they already run on a separate style of recovery service. However, it should have a major impact on tablets, laptops and desktops using the Windows 10 OS.
Second, there is the compression of primary system files. The compression is automatic, and should return storage of between 1.5 and 2.5 GB, depending on whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit system.
Add the two together, and you have a major improvement in how space is used on all devices, a huge benefit that should convince more than one person to make the switch to Microsoft based products.
A Smart System
The compression system does not have to be set off manually. Instead, an intelligent and intuitive algorithm detects when files would should be shrunk down to allow for better use of storage elsewhere.
Microsoft’s aim is to make it as simple for the user as possible to upload more media, apps, and files to their system without having to sacrifice for the sake of space.
Honestly, this is one of the best arguments for using Windows 10, other than the syncing between all devices with a single OS for better integration, and of course the free upgrade they are offering in what I assume is apology for Windows 8.
It shows that they are really starting to get things right again, getting back on track after falling behind companies like Apple and Android. Everything from their products (in all genres), to their incredible experimental designs (like the HoloLens), to their ability to market those devices is improving.
They are finally becoming what they once were, only new and modern. As a lifelong Microsoft lover who admittedly gave into the dark side and bought an iPhone, I couldn’t be happier. I may even get a Windows Phone.
Well, OK, maybe I wouldn’t go that far. Yet.