Julie188 writes: "Among the plethora of information regarding Windows 8 that Microsoft has so far disseminated is talk about a handful of optimizations meant to streamline, speed-up, or otherwise reduce Windows 8's footprint in comparison to Windows 7. So, blogger Marco Chiappetta set out to put these claims to a real world test on his old Asus Eee PC 900 netbook. The netbook didn't even meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for its W8 developer preview version. Yet Chiappetta was able to get W8 installed and running well. He logged some surprisingly good results verifying at least some of Microsoft's claims."