- 09-22-2013, 11:01 PM #1
I have both a Surface RT and two Windows 8 Pro PCs (an all-in-one, new), and a laptop (upgraded from Windows 7). I had the Surface RT first and while I love it, I was always a tad frustrated with how long it took to open up Metro apps. Click on the Games tile, or Twitter, or Skype, or Halo and it would take anywhere from 10-30 seconds to fully load up. I thought this was just a problem with the Surface RT's ARM processor. But after playing around with the Windows 8 Pro PCs, I must say that I'm equally disappointed. Many of those apps take 8-16 seconds to fully load up. If I open up the official Twitter Metro app, it usually takes 10 seconds. If I open up twitter.com in IE in the desktop, it opens up in 1.5 seconds. It's not my Internet connection, a solid DSL connection which is more than adequate. It's got to be the programming of the OS itself, or the programming of the third-party software makers making these apps (Although, even then, Microsoft's native apps like Games and Skype are also slow, so, go figure). I basically spend 98% of my time now on my PCs in dual-monitor desktop mode because the Metro interface is so much slower. What's the deal?
- 09-22-2013, 11:28 PM #5
I'm not sure if they are really slow on a desktop, or if the illusion of slowness is created by the entire screen being one color in a lot of cases. That said, first-gen RT devices really needed faster hardware and a more optimized OS.
- 09-22-2013, 11:34 PM #6
I've noticed this issue not only on my RT, but on my Desktop. These apps are simple yet they take as long to open as Illustrator or VisualStudio on my desktop. Its really bad. I love Windows 8, but this is a serious issue that seems to plague the OS even after 8.1 update.
- 09-23-2013, 02:06 AM #8
If opening up the Music app in Metro takes 16 seconds (on average) and opening up Windows Media Player in Desktop takes 7 seconds (on average) that sure isn't making me want to use the former.
- 09-23-2013, 02:28 AM #9
Disagree - My PC Core i7 2nd Gen, Studio Xps 1645, 4GB Ram , 2 GB graphics etc etc .. apps open instantly (depends on internet connectivity for some apps)
Multiple amateur videos to prove that it is not slow ..
I'd say it is not bad at all.
- 09-23-2013, 07:23 PM #14
My Surface RT is about half the time now. Still a little slow IMO, but that's the slow hardware I think. It was taking 10-13 seconds to launch most apps, now its 3-5 seconds. Much better.
- 09-24-2013, 03:12 AM #18
09-24-2013, 04:26 AM #19
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How is IE performance on Surface RT after doing this? Not at home to try right now.
Edit: Tried it now and the weather app opened 5s faster with software rendering! But the tablet became slower in other operations so I changed it back and now it's fast again and you know what, apps still opens fast!!! Great find! Hopefully it will stay this way now. :)
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