Microsoft has made Windows 8 adoption easier by cutting down the install time of the new operating system, according to Microsoft Windows deployment marketing manager Michael Niehaus.

He was speaking at the Tech.Ed 2012 Deploying Windows 8 session in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Windows 8 will be launched in October and touts a new visual look from previous Windows releases. The OS is made to operate seamlessly across desktop and tablet devices and is intended to work on the same type of hardware compatible with Windows 7. This means users will not have to invest in new equipment, according to Niehaus.

Microsoft has made the deployment of Windows 8 much faster than its predecessors. The install time of Windows 7 on a virtual machine running on a standard workstation is 15 minutes. Windows 8 cuts that down to 10 minutes. That's for a brand new OS install and not for an upgrade.

For comparison sake, Windows 7 expands to 8GB when applied to disk and Windows 8 is about 7.76GB.

For those that are looking to upgrade, going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a machine with no data or apps would take 20 minutes. Going from Windows Vista to Windows 7 would be about 30 minutes.

But when it comes to upgrading a machine loaded with data and apps, that's when the difference becomes significant.

Read more at source:
Microsoft shrinks Windows 8 install time | ZDNet