Company promises PCs that will let users jump from one OS to another to play movies by 2nd half 2008

“Tired of Windows? The next generation of laptops may let you jump from one operating system to another to play movies, surf the Web or read e-mail,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

MacDailyNews Take: The next generation? So, soon? Wow, this is amazing! And, really, who’s tired of Windows?

Svensson continues, “Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a leading maker of the software that controls Windows computers most basic workings, announced this week that it will offer a feature it calls HyperSpace to laptop manufacturers. Woody Hobbs, the Milpitas, Calif.-based company’s chief executive, said the first application of the technology probably will show up next summer in the shape of laptops that can play DVDs outside Windows.”

MacDailyNews Take: Play DVDs on a laptop without Windows? Come on, that can’t be possible, can it?

Svensson continues, “”The HyperSpace environment would be based on Linux, giving the freely distributed operating system what could be its biggest break yet in the struggle to gain traction against Windows on PCs. User will be able to boot in a few seconds straight into the DVD player, skipping the longer Windows startup, or switch to the DVD player from Windows. If Windows is running at the same time, it can be put in sleep mode, prolonging battery life,” Svensson reports. “Computer management functions like antivirus scanning could also be performed outside Windows, improving security, Hobbs said.”

Full article here.

Bryan Gardiner reports for Wired, “There’s absolutely no reason you should be waiting the three-plus minutes it takes your computer to boot up Windows, says Woody Hobbs.”

MacDailyNews Take: Three-plus minutes to boot up your computer?

Gardiner continues, “‘As Windows gets more and more complex, we’ve seen startup times get longer and longer,’ says Hobbs. ‘If I go to the airport and try to connect to a Wi-Fi network, I’m waiting for five minutes just to connect. That’s ridiculous — people usually just give up and use their cell phones or PDAs.'”

MacDailyNews Take: They do? And here we’ve been just opening our notebook’s lid and connecting in about 10 seconds for years. What are we doing wrong?

Gardiner continues, “In essence, HyperSpace is a simple operating environment, a layer on top of the BIOS, that runs side-by-side with Windows and can efficiently implement some of the most commonly used apps on a PC.”

MacDailyNews Take: Multiple OSes on a single laptop? What’ll they think of next?!

Gardiner continues, “Chipmakers and PC manufacturers have been trying to liberate themselves from lengthy startup times for a while, according to Hobbs, but the experience has been ‘controlled up in Seattle.’ Indeed, Hobbs says Microsoft regards HyperSpace as ‘outside their sphere of influence,’ and is not too happy with Phoenix’s offering, which adds yet another voice to the already loud chorus of voices complaining about operating-system bloat.”

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we must be doing something wrong. We’re just not having any of these lengthy startup times.

Gardiner continues, “Steve Grobman, director of Intel’s Business Client Architecture Group, says Intel will continue working with Phoenix and companies doing similar things in virtual or embedded environments, like VMware and Parallels.”

MacDailyNews Take: VMware and Parallels… VMware and Parallels… VMware and Parallels… Sounds oddly familiar… Oh, well, we’ll have to Google them later.

Gardiner continues, “Those problems don’t just entail slow boot times. At a basic level, they also have to do with Microsoft dictating user experience as a whole, regardless of what machine you’re using. In that vein, Phoenix says its HyperSpace platform could very well usher in a new era of ultrapersonalized PCs and laptops.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ultrapersonalized PCs and laptops whose user experiences aren’t dictated by Microsoft? Okay, this is devolving into crazy talk now.

Gardiner continues, “‘Historically, Windows has defined the machine,’ Hobbs says, ‘and (manufacturers) can’t really do anything about that. Now, we’re giving them the ability to develop the machine in the way they want.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine giving a manufacturer the ability to develop a personal computer however they want! Like we said: crazy talk. However, HP and Dell and some others have developed some, uh, “interesting” case designs on their own, seemingly without even needing input from professional industrial designers, so maybe we’d get some equally interesting new user experiences with their software.

Gardiner continues, “Like VMware and Parallels, Hobbs says the platform isn’t supposed to be a replacement for Windows, but rather a much-needed augmentation. Not only will the technology provide ‘instant-on’ use, but it will also boost battery life by up to 50 percent as well as offer remote manageability.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Instant-on” use: sounds like that weird thing we do with just opening the lid. Something must be wrong. Maybe we should get some of that antivirus scanning stuff, too? We’d better get the Geek Squad on the horn.

Gardiner continues, “Phoenix is currently in talks with most major PC manufacturers, with the notable exception of Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ha! Apple. Of course, Phoenix doesn’t want to talk to them.

Gardiner continues, “The company expects that manufacturers will start to integrate the HyperSpace platform into laptops within the next six to nine months, with consumers likely seeing a HyperSpace option from manufacturers in the second half of 2008.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Second half of 2008 and we could instantly play DVDs without Microsoft Windows! This “HyperSpace” thing is like the first step towards OS-unlimited computers! We can hardly wait!!!


  1. I learned in 1979 that you have to be very careful about hyperspace. Sure, your ship might escape an impending asteroid, but when you randomly reappear you might be put in an even worse situation.

  2. My reaction is to shake my head at the sarcasm and groan at the lack of creativity that permeates the Microsoft universe.

    I think we could have cured cancer by now if it weren’t for the pervasive mindset that embraces Windows and enjoys shows like Dancing With The Stars.

    Can you imagine how great Apple would be today if Microsoft were actually a worthy competitor? Imagine what Apple would have been inspired to do with Leopard if Microsoft hadn’t delivered a labotomized OS like Vista?

    I truly hope Windows 7 is spectacular and Android is truly amazing. That way OS XI and the iPhone 2 will blow us all away.

    This Phoenix story is truly pitiful. What next, Phoenix? A PC that lets you play solitaire without booting Windows?

  3. What sort of clueless, cave-dwelling moron do you have to be to write an idiotic suck-up piece like this one? Has Peter Svensson ever seen a computer before? Obviously, he has never seen a Mac before. And he is a tech writer, right?

    Nothing to see here… move along.

  4. I went to the dentist yesterday. They have a pretty neat set-up, technologically speaking. The x-rays are all digital, and there is a big monitor up on the wall where you can see everything happening, including the x-rays themselves, as they appear.

    Unfortunately, it all runs on top of Windows. When the hygienist and her assistant attempted to get it going, Windows crashed. They re-booted, and made some comment about computers not being dependable. I said something along the lines of, “I hate Microsoft. Computers don’t have to run like this, you know…” They seemed a bit confused, and then I said, “I’m a Mac guy.” They didn’t seem to be very computer savy, and didn’t really seem to get what that means, so I followed up with, “I don’t do Windows.”

    A moment later, after they got the system back up, the dentist came into the room to introduce himself, and glanced quickly at the patient info card in front of him. Out of nowhere, he says, “Hey, I just noticed something about this guy… He’s a Mac guy!” The two girls were both a little stunned and were like, “How’d you know that?” He then told them that he saw my email address, and put his hand out for me to shake, saying, “Welcome. I’m a Mac guy too.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Judging from the looks on their faces, you may think that they were observing an alien race communicating psychically, and trying to figure out how they do it. I said, “It’s a Mac user thing. We can always spot each other.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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