has demonstrated the speed of its new 8 operating system with a super-quick boot that loads faster than a PC monitor switches-on.

During the Build unveiling , ecosystem head Michael Angiulo showcased the potential with a high-spec tower PC. Booting up from scratch, the start screen appeared before the monitor had powered-up.

No more BIOS screens “It’s almost faster than a monitor can turn on, and sometimes faster than the fan starts,” said Angiulo, seeming a little surprised himself. “There’s no more BIOS screens flashing. No weird characters going by. It goes straight to the startup screen,” he added.

Microsoft had demonstrated the speedy Windows 8 boot-time last week, clocking it at 8 seconds, but this was considerably quicker.

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