all this talk about big companies optimizing this or that…
Windows is a “universal” OS, it’s designed to run on as many types of hardware as possible, that’s the direction it’s optimized at, same for Android. Apple can get away with deeper software integration with hardware because the hardware they support is really limited. Think of it as a console OS, the code for those really ‘get close to the metal’. Doing that let’s Apple extract every bit of performance and power saving from the hardware. It’s impractical to expect windows to do that, simply due to it having to support a rainbow of hardware. Manufacturers can implement some in the form of bios or firmware, but I won’t hold my breath for deep OS integration with hardware, especially when it’s windows.
Plus, who says windows isn’t optimized for battery life? You can create a custom power plan that best suit your need in control panel. You can choose to use programs that don’t suck up processes and release ASAP when they’re not in use.
The way I see it, creating/modifying power plan + brightness control + choosing which program to use (see MPC-HC vs Metro app player) will be enough to bring my V past 10hrs of usage. I’ll test it once I get mine.