Instant on is a phrase that has been thrown around with the Windows 8 development, mostly due to the leaked Windows 8 features slides (insert link here), but what exactly does it entail. In this guide, we will explore potentially what could be a groundbreaking energy saving development.
Currently, Windows and all other operating systems are not the most energy competent devices. In 2007, a study concluded that if a million PC users used their computers ‘correctly’ then up to 250,000 litres of gasoline could be saved per day.
In line with the findings, and calls from various governments to save energy, Microsoft and other OS providers are making sure that they are doing their bit, and the new instant on feature could be an example of how Microsoft plans to ‘fight’ climate change.
What is instant on?
According to sources, Microsoft will have an instant on feature in time for Windows 8. Instant on will determine when a user is sitting down in front of their Windows 8 OS and will power the computer on in accordance. This will also mean the system will power down if you move away from the computer for a short period of time.
How does Instant-On Save Energy?
Based on how you decide to use this feature you could save yourself a lot of energy. Currently, 90% of people do not unplug their computers when they have finished, either leaving them on standby or just leaving them on. If this feature was introduced, and you had the correct settings then the system would shut down or go into a standby mode within seconds of you leaving the computer. This would be helpful because if you left your system for 20 minutes and your intention was to return, then many people would just leave their systems running, which is a waste of energy.
Instant On – Useful?
You will still have full control over how instant on works; therefore, if you do not like it then you do not use it. Windows also has plans for a quick power up; meaning that if you chose to shut down your computer when you leave, it could be back on inside a minute when you return. On the other hand, if you set your system so it goes into standby then it would only take five seconds to power up again, meaning that this development will not be a problem if you know how to use it.